I heard a story the other day about a woman who gave birth to her baby in a tree.
The mother was Sofia Pedro, who gave birth to her infant daughter, Rositha Pedro, in the tree above Mozambique’s raging floodwaters. She climbed to shelter in the tree after being forced out of her home due to the rising water.
This story was part of an inspirational talk on resiliency and moving forward in the face of adversity. To most ears, the anecdote would motivate a person to positive thinking and actions.
However, this is how the same story falls on depressed ears:
“What the hell is your problem? Here you are, in the richest country in the world, with every resource at your finger tip — a hospital that can accommodate every need, food in the fridge, beautiful children, a good job — and you struggle with getting out of bed and facing the day? This person has real problems. You have imaginary ones that are paralyzing you. You are exhibit A of the definition of L-O-S-E-R.”
And thus the spiral of negative thoughts begin.
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