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Why depression is not a death sentence.

Today I’m thankful for my naïveté. My family is always kidding me about how naïve I am about some things. For example, if a family member tells me something outlandish, (like there’s such a thing as a Michigan peacock) I’m very apt to believe them because of course, they wouldn’t lie. I easily fall for practical jokes; therefore, people love to try them on me.

The first definition for naïve in the dictionary is “inexperienced”. I’m certainly not inexperienced. I’ve experienced enough of life to know its reality.  Another definition is “youthful”. Young people are generally considered naïve. Young people generally trust and believe in people.  Young people believe in possibilities. I’ll take this definition as it implies I’m “young at heart.”

I trust and believe in people. I often walk into situations where I can’t win no matter what because I always believe people are basically good. I’m often disappointed because my level of expectation of others is so high sometimes. But I prefer thinking the best of people because it circles back to me and helps me think the best of myself. I find that when I don’t look for the good in others, I also don’t look for the good in myself.

I am always surprised if someone has said something hurtful about me. I’m naïve enough to believe most people like me. I am also always surprised when other people say or do things that are immoral or unethical. It is totally beyond my comprehension to believe that people cheat on their taxes or are undercharged or not charged at all for a purchase and don’t do the right thing about it.

I’m always surprised when people don’t play fair.

I guess I really am naïve. (By naive I don’t mean stupid. Naivete ends were stupid begins.)

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But that’s o.k. I rather be the one picked “on” than the one that does the “picking”.

I’d rather be easy to play a joke on than be so unapproachable no one would dare.

I rather see the wonder of life, than so jaded I can only see the ugly.

I’m naïve enough to believe that just because the “experts” say I’ll continue to suffer depression because I have had some episodes in the past they’re wrong. It is absolutely untrue. I have proved it in my own iife and I’m not the only one. Depression is not a life sentence. We treat it like it is. People recover and beat life-threatening illnesses all the time. Why should depression be any different? 

There’s a huge body of work that suggests there are all kinds of approaches to managing and even defeating depression. There is NO body of work that suggests there is nothing you can do but take a pill. Check out my list of resources (Books I recommend) in the top menu.

I’ll admit it:

  • I’m naïve enough to believe that God still performs miracles. 
  • I’m naïve enough to believe that my prayers really matter.
  • I’m naïve enough to believe that God is who He says He is, that He can do what He says He can do, that I am who God says I am, and that I can handle anything God allows in my life. (From Beth Moore, “Believing God”)
  • Call me naïve if you will.
  • I call myself smart.

Don’t be afraid to be a little naive today. Don’t be afraid to believe God will enable you to handle whatever comes your way.

It doesn’t mean you ignore the evil that exists in this world. I certainly don’t.


But be as naive as you need to be to live successfully in this world but not so naive that you forget past choices and walk right back into hurtful relationships or situations.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.