Today is Robinson Crusoe’s Day!
Years and years ago, while in my teens, I read this wonderful novel by Daniel Defoe and admired his character’s determination and resourcefulness. 28 years of being a castaway trapped on an island!
Being depressed often feels like you have been kicked out of society. You are struggling and surviving on your own, day in, day out. The pain and suffering of being lonely is immense. The trust and hope that someone will come to your rescue is fading away with each day.
What kept Robinson Crusoe going? How did he manage to find the strength for over a quarter of a century?
Whether we are castaway on an island or feeling trapped in a cycle of depression, we have the same innate resources available to any human being:
1. We have a very powerful imagination, therefore we can create hopes and keep them going.
2. We have an ability to learn and remember, therefore we can acquire and employ new knowledge and skills.
3. We have an ability to analyse what’s working and what is not, therefore we can solve problems and find solutions.
4. We have an ability to plan and examine our plans objectively.
5. We have an ability to adapt if things are not working, therefore we are not wasting our creativity and efforts away.
6. We have an ability to connect with others.
Regardless of how you are feeling right now, all these wonderful resources are within you!
Happy Robinson Crusoe Day!
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