Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Letter from Steven Fry

My lovely friend, Helen, sent me this – it’s part of a letter Steven Fry wrote to a woman who was feeling depressed. It’s so amazingly apt – since I came back from the funeral it’s been chucking it down!

‘I've found that it's of some help to think of one's moods and feelings about the world as being similar to weather:

Here are some obvious things about the weather:

It's real.
You can't change it by wishing it away.
If it's dark and rainy it really is dark and rainy and you can't alter it.
It might be dark and rainy for two weeks in a row.


It will be sunny one day.
It isn't under one's control as to when the sun comes out, but come out it will.
One day.

It really is the same with one's moods, I think. The wrong approach is to believe that they are illusions. They are real. Depression, anxiety, listlessness - these are as real as the weather -


They will pass: they really will.

In the same way that one has to accept the weather, so one has to accept how one feels about life sometimes. "Today's a crap day," is a perfectly realistic approach. It's all about finding a kind of mental umbrella. "Hey-ho, it's raining inside: it isn't my fault and there's nothing I can do about it, but sit it out. But the sun may well come out tomorrow and when it does, I shall take full advantage.’

Today I feel bad, but I made it through the trip to Exeter, AND  tomorrow is another day.

1 comment:

  1. Good to have you back Linda and yes, you did it! Well done you, give yourself a big pat on the back - and now focus on the future - your future - you deserve to x