You know that feeling, when you feel fed-up? You feel sad. You feel a little bit flat and a little bit miserable. You are upset. And you don't know why you are upset. You just are. You are just sad. You are unhappy.
You know that there is no reason, no justification. You have no right to be miserable. But, nevertheless you are, and there is nothing that you or anybody else can do about it. Do you know that feeling?
Horrible isn't it?
I've had that feeling, on and off, this week and for the last few weeks, on and off. And I know it is unfair and I know that it is irrational, and it is silly but it still feels very real.
I feel unloved. I feel stupid. I feel scared. I feel lonely, and hopeless, and I guess I feel unhappy.
There is no reason why I should feel any of these things. I am loved. I have wonderful family and amazing, really amazing friends. And while I may be a bit daft, I am certainly not stupid. There is nothing for me to be scared of. "The only thing to fear is fear itself." as Franklin D. Roosevelt famously exclaimed. And I have no reason to be lonely. So why then this feeling? This feeling of feeling unhappy?
And if I try and quantify it I realise that I am being a little bit ridiculous, a little bit of a 'drama queen', a little bit 'attention seeking'. But I am not, and actually I can't stop it.
I guess a have a 'Black Dog', as Winston Churchill famously called his depression. But, my 'Black Dog', while it is still black, is small and cute, and with a very waggy tail. I am not 'depressed', I am just a little bit 'anxious' and a little bit in a low mood, and a little bit unhappy.
I feel 'unworthy'. I have a tremendous sense of 'unworthiness', of feeling 'not good enough', of feeling . . . of just feeling 'unloved', 'unlovable' . . . and just feeling 'sad'.
But, as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Nothing can bring peace but yourself."
So, you have to learn . . . I have to learn . . . to love yourself, to learn to like yourself, to be accepting of who you are and what you are doing, and just be OK with that. I do have to learn this.
Perhaps I need to learn to be grateful. To be grateful for the things that I do have. to focus on what I do have and learn to be grateful, learn to be so grateful that I don't have room for 'sad'. I don't have time to be miserable, that I banish the unhappy.
I am not saying that this will be easy, but on those days where I feel a little bit sad and a little bit unhappy, I can perhaps learn to change my mind, I can change my mind and choose to be a little bit happy.