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Senior Scene® | March Issue
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Congressman Bill Posey and His Staff
are Here to Serve You!
If you have a problem with a federal government agency ordepartment,suchastheDepartmentof Veteran A airs, Social Security, Medicare, IRS or the Passport Agency, etc., please feel free to contact my o ce.
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When You Are Feeling Blue
There are some emotions like anger and fear that are considered quite normal but life would be better with less of both, agreed? There is another emotional state that is common but it isn’t given
quite the same sanction of normal as anger and fear and that is depression. I suppose we might say that
if anger and fear are to our emotions, what a fever is to the body. Following that analogy depression is like the  u. It happens and it happens to a lot of people and it’s no fun. Less of it and life would be better.
This melancholy is not unknown to the Bible. Christian faith, while optimistic, is real and
human. David said, “Why are you cast down, O my soul?” Jeremiah wondered why he had even been born. Elijah said, “I quit.” Jonah said, “I just want to die.” Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, was heavy in his soul.
In Elijah’s case fatigue probably contributed to his depression. That’s a major cause of some people’s depression. It may a physical trough caused by illness that affects the emotions or it may be a psychological exertion of holding up a façade. And oddly enough,
it can be a fatigue for some of not having enough meaningful and challenging to do.
When we have held too much for too long, worked too much for too long, gone
without sleep or food or friendship or kindness or meaning or absolution for too long, we sag and we slow and we cave in. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t work hard or handle the mountain top contests that we are put
in. But it does give us a clue to why we might  nd our emotions not bouncy but  at, gray, dark even.
Elijah – he sleeps, eats. These two words, sleep and eat, mean two things. First, there is simply the passing of time. How many times have things simply looked different in the morning ... or a two weeks later? Second,  nd what rests and nourishes you. Note that just as junk food  lls you up but does not nourish you there may be things like zoning out in front of the tv that may not be truly restorative. Bottom line – give yourself some thoughtful tlc. Take a walk in nature. Listen to lovely music. Have coffee with a dear friend. Go to the massage therapist. Sit with God. Make a beautiful salad and set it next to a sizzling steak. Take in a play. Help a neighbor with her yard. SS
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