It is very rare that I get depressed or overwhelmed, but when I do, my perception becomes a horrible reality in my mind.
My bride, God bless her, always tries to counter this by showing me things that are not all doom and gloom, and by trying to show me another perspective along with solutions and choices. IT IS DEEPLY ANNOYING in the moment, but very helpful and I greatly appreciate it (just do not tell her that!)
While it is true that our perception does frame our reality, we do not have to be slaves to that. We can think and reason, we can examine other possibilities; we can try to look from a different perception. Doing this alone is difficult to impossible as we are stuck in the reality of our perception. A loving, trusted spouse can help with this, offering a different perspective for consideration. You can do this for your bride, if she knows she can trust you, and she can do it for you if you trust her and will allow her to help. Yes, it can be annoying, but the results can be far better than not doing it.
Note: Thanks to those of you who jumped on my call for help yesterday!
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