Hope for the Insecure or Melancholy

“Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.” Minor White, quoted in The Artist’s Way

“The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention…The reward for attention is always healing.”Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

Step One: Stop being so damn insecure. Focus on everything around you, not the craziness going on inside.

Step Two: Stop freaking out about yesterday and tomorrow. Jesus told us to care for the day we are in, not the one that passed or the one that may or may not come next.

Step Three: Find five things every day to thank God for from the heart. Don’t be lame and start making stuff up to meet the five item quota. Dig if you have to, but focus gratitude on five things He gave you today.

Step Four: Compliment the heck out of people. Say something encouraging or nice to every single person you interact with. This doesn’t mean you should run up to every person you are passing on the street, grinning like a maniac and spewing out random observations about their hair. But if you are checking out somewhere, paying someone for something, or forced to exchange pleasantries with a stranger, focus on them for a second and say something nice.

Step Five: If you, like me, struggle with melancholy, get out of your head and into the world around you. Start with step one and repeat.

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