193. Solace in Fiction

There was a time in my life when reading the Victorian novels of George MacDonald were the only thing keeping me from going under. His characters were so real and so noble that I found in them a source of grounding amidst the chaos going on in my life. Gene Jimenez says much the same thing.

 “ A couple of suggestions. I have found great support and solace in fiction. Not junk novels, but good, solid literature with depth whose characters and situations “call forth” the “resourceful self” that we all need to get through the dark stuff.

Also, meditation– being present in the moment– is therapeutic, and can be drawn on at any time of day or night, in crisis or otherwise.”

– Gene Jimenez, Higher Executive Officer at Department of Social Protection, Dublin, Ireland

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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