Some time ago as I battled through depression, I learned not to withdraw from people but to put myself in different places because the subtleness of change is apparent. Whether it’s a smile, smell, song, place or person, it will ignite the senses and the soul ties of happiness.

When we are depressed or in an oppressive environment, we have to find ways to steal away. The mind is very powerful and will take you there. Many have traveled the world through literature and reading books or by watching the travel or discovery channel. Personally, I remember going to high school football games and hearing the sound of the band that reminded me of fond days in my youth, which gave me a peacefulness in my soul. This is called peace in the moment when your present state is invaded by hope and the possibility of belief.

Some things are said to be easier said than done, and I agree. It was hard for me to fight for my happiness but I knew through life experiences that I am responsible for myself and how far I go in life, no one else. It took some getting to come to that conclusion, too. I assure you no matter how dim things look, it’s only a perception and perceptions change. Don’t cheat yourself out of seeing the other side of experience.

There came a time in my walk when wisdom found me wanting. The grace of God showed me as I was going through depression that I still had joy. This was amazing to me because I had experienced depression early on that would consume me and steal precious moments of my life. By the grace of God, I found myself helping others, praising God in and out of church, getting dressed and planning my days. I began to experience joy unspeakable. Because of God, I lived through it to inspire someone else.

Because I am a new creature in Christ. I can give a new response. I may, at times, feel triggers from thoughts and emotions attached to them, but I understand this is a reel of the mind, a presentation of a time when and not now. I have a choice to reject these thoughts and alter emotions by what I choose to do. Because we feel what we think, it gives off an impression that we are living it again. But it indeed is an impression of the past and what you went through. Don’t allow past events to steal your moments. Choose life, which is the power of positive thinking and knowing who you are in Christ. When we acknowledge and apply His precepts, we see that as heirs in the kingdom of God than when we resist the devil, he has to flee. And when we resist him, it may consist of getting involved in other things that will promote living well to alter a state of mind to think positive, as our spirits are uplifted.

There are many things opposing the triggers of depression that cultivates a better you. Most importantly, we’ve come this far by the grace of God. All that I’ve learned through the processes in life that has rendered unto me stability and a sanctuary, as well as insight, is due to one thing. I chose to give my life to the Lord. And He, in return, made it available for me to learn from the many attempts of the enemy. As Christians, there’s a continuum of learning and experiencing who we are in Christ. English, math and science are teachable moments in the institution of learning but may we all understand we must get to know the Master of the wind. This is the rhythm of the gospel character and the sound of the word of God exemplified in your life.

Pamela Young is a native of Goldsboro, a 1990 graduate of Goldsboro High School and the author of two books. Share your thoughts and ideas about the column with Pamela at pyoung-col@newsargus.com.