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#4845 - 05/02/04 02:22 AM You cannot see the mountain near
Bill_1965 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/03
Posts: 1983
Loc: Flint, Michigan
I read this quote today:
Quote:
“You cannot see the mountain near” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
This made me immediately think of depression.

Standing at a mountain staring straight forward, all you see is a cold hard rock, no way to get through it. Standing way back looking at the same point you see the beautiful majestic mountain. Full of green lush forests, patches of rock, green grass fields, and snow covered peaks, such a variety.

In depression, you only see the problem in front of you, not the whole picture, all the live areas along with just patches of barren rock. How all you need to do is step back and look around, all the life is there, all around you. And there is a way around the mountain.

Just a thought I had today brought upon by a simple little quote.

Bill

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#4846 - 05/02/04 09:38 AM Re: You cannot see the mountain near
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Registered: 12/19/03
Posts: 5400
Loc: Pasadena, CA
Bill - this is too true - I hope you are not so down as this - but depression can be managed - usually -

The simile is very apt - I hope you are well.

Mark

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#4847 - 05/02/04 10:03 AM Re: You cannot see the mountain near
Bill_1965 Offline
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Thanks Mark,

I am doing quite well. This is just where my thought on this quote went.

And yes, depression is managable and you can get out of it. Make an appointment, see your doc/pdoc, get up and do things, continue. Yes, you can get out of it.

Bill

corrected spelling error.

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#4848 - 05/02/04 12:15 PM Re: You cannot see the mountain near
blacken Offline
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Registered: 08/13/01
Posts: 1243
Loc: Northern Ohio
Bill,
When I see the mountain near, I think of not the cold, hard, impassable rock as an enemy, but instead...
It reminds me of the earth I have moved since starting this Journey. It is also the “Wall-of-Support” I have, that is greater than it appears. Because I am either too close to it or too far away. It is also a barrier, not to my future, but to my past. That, though I may be able to see down a path to the Past, I can never go there, I am safe from that journey.
The mountain is alive.. It is my friend. It "has-my-back" & I can look upon it & feel its strength & feel My strength.
Blacken

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it would think it was stupid all of it's life.
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#4850 - 05/02/04 03:22 PM Re: You cannot see the mountain near
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Registered: 06/18/03
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Bill,

I realize what you say, and can understand it. If we do step back from ourselves and our lives some, we can see the whole thing, andnot what just is in our face right now.

Unfortunately, the 'mountain' symbol right now is bringing in my mind the myth of Sisyphus. I sometime feel I have been also condemned to roll that dam boulder uphill forever.

I'm not really depressed right now, even if it sounds it. Just in pain, and tired. Exhuasted tired. The boulder does get smaller. I know that.

leosha

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