With the way that things have been going for almost a year now many of us are experiencing some form of depression. What we knew of as life and daily routines have flipped upside down. We have to spend a lot more time alone and are lacking that interaction with others. After awhile we may feel that we are losing motivation, fighting to keep going like everything is normal, so that no one will notice that we are struggling.
I know for myself when I started to get into a funk and I would say to myself, “no one is going to see me because I can’t go out so I am going to stay in my jammies and just put my hair up.” Something that simple contributed to my sadness. Then I would wake up and think, “it’s not like I have anywhere to be so why am I getting up so early” and I would lay there for longer. Next thing I knew I was laughing less, complaining more, and I was down. I felt like I was dragging threw the day and to some extent just existing. I felt a void, a lack of purpose. As I prayed about it one evening I had these thoughts come to me. Live life on and for a purpose. You have to have purpose for every day and you have to do it on purpose. Your purpose can be different every day but you have to have a purpose for each day. So this is what I started doing and it has helped me quite a bit.
Each night I make a list of what I want or need to take care of the next day. Rather it be wash clothes, sweep and mop, clean out a closet, call a friend, I would write down what I needed to do. Then I would set my alarm and get up and have my coffee while I watched a teaching on the gospel channel. Then I would look at my list to get my game plan in my head. Then I would get dressed, do my hair, and the other personal care stuff (making sure that I put some make up on just as I normally would). Then I would start on my game plan. As I checked off the duties on my list I would feel a feeling of accomplishment and purpose. I would make sure that I would either call, text, or direct message someone and give some words of encouragement. That act alone made me feel so much better because I knew that I was putting a smile on someone else’s face. Knowing that I lifted up someone’s spirit would lift my own spirit. I would cook dinner and feed the family. As I cleaned up from dinner I would think about what needs to be done tomorrow so that I could write it down. Having a goal set for each day helped me to have purpose and drive. I would come up with silly things to do on some days so that I kept laughter in the air.
I know that what I have wrote here may not be a good example of what you are experiencing right now in your own battle but I hope that my point of the subject is clear and helpful. We have to continue to live life for and on purpose just as we would when we were able to go about our normal day before. We have to conduct ourselves just as we were doing. And for some of us the pandemic hasn’t really changed our daily life very much but we can still struggle with sadness and depression and living on and for a purpose can help us battle that sadness some. When we feel that we wake up each day with a goal to accomplish it feeds our need for purpose. We all need to feel that we are serving some kind of purpose in our lives on this earth and when we focus on the little things that we accomplish in a days time it feeds that need of purpose. Having a purpose is not all about those big things such as great careers, inventions of something, doing something that effects millions of people, etc. There are many, many little daily purposes for us all.
If having a nice hair style and wearing make up makes you feel better then do it on purpose so that you feel good about yourself, even if you are not going anywhere or will not see anyone that day. If making someone smile makes you feel good then make someone smile on purpose. If completing an old project would make you feel good then do it on purpose. If making a list of things to do would help you to focus on accomplishing something that day and helps you to feel like you have a reason to get motivated then make the list and do it on purpose. The purpose of doing anything that helps you to feel happy and good is so that you will feel good and happy. We can actually find a purpose in everything that we do if we look at it the right way. I hope that these words encourage you to find purpose in everything that you do so that you can have joy in your heart and reason to keep it up. Blessings to all!!