Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Chapter 2

We are what we do.

“We are not what we think, or what we say, or how we feel. We are what we do.” Livingston states this simple profound and pertinent truth.

He does so after drawing out the reality of his psychiatric experience where people would come to him seeking medication as a quick fix for their mood, mental health or mere boredom with life. They primarily wanted to minimise the pain, downplay the depression and despair, or desperation for the capacity to better manage their own emotions & thoughts as they battle unsatisfying daily routines.

His message: “The good news is that we have effective treatments for the symptoms of depression; the bad news is that medication will not make you happy. Happiness is not simply the absence of despair. It is an affirmative state in which our lives have both meaning and pleasure.”

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I'm a son, a brother, a father. I'm a coach, a facilitator, a public speaker. I love learning, sport and am passionate about living life with integrity. I work in the area of international development, aid and advocacy. I also know life can be difficult. I've been divorced, been involuntarily terminated from employment, been to way too many funerals, experienced my own personal burnout, juggle life as a single parent and seek to influence and 'enthuse the unenthused' around global justice issues. I don't shy away from grappling with life's big issues, including my own mortality. I'm currently doing a Masters in Clinical Counselling. So I know life gets messy, is complex and can be draining. I hold true that we all need support structures in life. We all need anchors that hold us firm when life's storms come. If you'd like to correspond on any of the blogs, topics, issues or something that you're grappling with you can email me at 'anchored conversations@gmail.com' Alternatively you can contact Brendon regarding coaching or counselling at www.anchoredforlife.com

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