Last updated on January 24th, 2022
They say see underprivileged & count your blessings. But how can you when you are in immense pain? Can you acknowledge your blessings by imagining the agony & pain of others? Yes, it works!
There was a very scary phase in my life when I was like a prisoner within four walls of a room due to depression. I did not have access to any sort of media such as a smartphone, or T.V due to power cuts in my town. I had a broken relationship recently. And things were getting worse such as business loss in the family etc. So, it slowly led me to mental illness.
It was the time when I was preparing myself for open-heart surgery due to two major diseases diagnosed in my heart; one was pulmonary stenosis i.e shrinkage in one of the valves of my heart and the second was ASD in medical terms which means a hole in the heart in simple English.
Why was I suffering so much? Because I thought, I was the only one to bear all this on the planet. I completely forgot my blessings.
When I found myself unable to bear all the pain, I happened to watch a patriotic movie. It was not like that I had not watched the movie before. But it was like, I had forgotten the agonies of others. And that’s why I was suffering so much.
So, I started collecting the stories of the people who have suffered real pain. I made a handy journal and trust me, it nourished me. It gave me the feeling of how blessed I am compared to those. It gave me mental peace and boosted my mental health.
This way, I collected courage and could face the tsunami of those misfortunes. Whenever I was unable to find any courageous source, I used to open my diary and their agonies stopped me from crying at my situation.
At times, It was tough and frustrating to convince me and there were also times when I broke down and got irritated by underestimating my agony compared to theirs but at last, I could manage to count my blessings, feel peaceful and mentally strong (1).
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