In his letters St. Francis of Sales tells about a custom of the country districts in which he lived. He had often noticed a farm servant going across a farmyard to draw water at the well. He also noticed that, before she lifted the overflowing pail, the girl always put a piece of wood into it. One day he went out to the girl and asked her, “Why do you do that?” She looked surprised and answered, as if it were a matter of course, “Why?” To keep the water from spilling, to keep it steady”. Writing to a friend later on, the bishop told this story and added, “So when your heart is distressed and agitated, put the Cross into its Centre to keep it steady.”
If you struggle with depression, use your words to change your situation. You may have been through your situation. You may have been through a lot of disappointments. You may have gone through some setbacks in the past. More than anybody, you need to get up every day and boldly declare, “This is going to be a great day. I may have been defeated in the past, but this is a new day. God is on my side. Things are changing in my favour.”
When discouraging thoughts attack, instead of complaining and expecting the worst, say it again and again:”Something good is going to happen to me. I’m a victor and not a victim.”It’s not enough to merely think positively: You need to speak positively about yourself. You need to hear it over and over again. “Good things are coming my way. God is fighting my battles for me. New door of opportunity are opening.”As you speak affirmatively, you will develop a new image on the inside, and things will begin to cahnge in your favour.