Mixed messages

I once read an article with a tattoo that is an ambigram – a message that can be read upside down as well as right-side up. In this particular case the message is different when read upside down.  The normal way it is viewed by others says “I’m fine”, while the way that she sees it says “Save me”.

The article said that she got it as a way of dealing with her depression.  It is her way of asking for help.  But there is something very wrong about this – it is passive.  Help does not come from other people.  If you give away your power to others, you will continually feel powerless.

I find it significant that “Save me” is the message from her perspective.  Maybe she will finally read it that way – that she is the only one who can save herself.  She is the one who makes choices.  She can choose to get enough sleep, eat healthy food, exercise, avoid negative people, find a job that is meaningful, learn to speak her truth.

She can choose, and must, for her own survival.  Being healthy is a choice, and something each person must do for themselves.

Depression is a symptom, not a disease.  Often it is the result of feeling powerless, disconnected, alone.  It is a sign of not owning your own power, using your own voice.  The way out of it is not to ask others to save you, but to save yourself.  You aren’t healed if others have to rescue you.  They cannot do your work for you.  The giving away of power to others is part of the disease, the dis-ease. Ease – comfort, health, comes from taking responsibility for your own life.

You can ask for help to learn different ways of healing yourself, but you cannot expect others to do it for you.  You must own your own power.  You must be your own best friend.  You must save yourself.  This is the cure.


About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.
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