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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Question Of The Day (Or, Two Questions)

Mary Engelbreit I'm Fine 1997 Greeting Card 5x7 with Envelope
Illustration by Mary Engelbreit
When someone comes up and asks how you are, if you are not feeling well, do you say: "Fine, thanks"? or do you tell them that you're not feeling well?

How about if you are feeling depressed?  Do you say: "I'm depressed.", or do you say: "Fine, thanks."?

Why is is OK to complain about having a cold, but not OK to be truthful about depression, which is just another physical condition that manifests itself emotionally?  Just wondering.

All that being said, I woke up this morning feeling like I had a brick tied to my chest.  (No, I was not having a heart attack!)  But I have noticed that I have been slowing down a lot - I get up in the morning and promptly curl up on the couch and fall back to sleep.  My get up and go took off about a month ago.  There are several factors at work, the weather, some changes (good, but still, change is hard), deaths of close friends, local, national, and global Church stuff...different things that add up to stress and depression.

So, I will be proactive, call my doc, get some more exercise and avail myself of help from the Holy Spirit.  In the meantime, pray for me!


  1. Prayers. In the end, my reliance on the One who created me is a huge help. But I also find when I exercise, I really do feel so much better. Blessings Paula. Keep us posted.

  2. I will pray for you..... I think its easy to get depressed in Alaska sometimes for me anyway...

  3. Its horrible to feel so out of babalance, and end up low, both physically mentally.
    Sending you a virtual hug, take care.


  4. (((((Paula)))))Prayers said.


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