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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Sad (07/26/07)

TITLE: S.A.D.
By Teresa Collins
07/31/07


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I looked up at the brightly lit moon, it was huge in the clear night sky. I was lost in a gaze of the endless wonder.

Then the cracking of the swing as it moved gently in the cool night air distracted me for a moment.

Why couldnít I just stay suspended in that place of wonderment? I questioned as I settled back and watched the stars.

I could feel the familiar change closing in on me, I tried to resist it but it would always win in the end.

I started to sing to myself ďIf Iím happy and I know it clap my handsĒ. With a deep sigh I thought, whatís the use.

The air became colder and the days darker. I felt as dark inside as it was outside. The tears would come for what seemed like no apparent reason.

I would struggle with getting out of bed in the morning. I would seek every ray of sunlight with desperation but then I would just sink deeper in my own darkness.

My friends and family would tell me to snap out of it and believe me I tried.

My only hope was to stay focused on the light of my spirit and stay close to the giver of that light, Jesus.

I didnít want to isolate or withdraw but every time I thought about motivation I would just retreat within myself. I kept reminding myself to hang on because this too shall pass just like it had so many times before. I was afraid I would be caught in itís grip and it would never let go.

Exhausted and worn the days start to get longer and I feel the gloom start to lift.

Once the season had passed, I knew I made it through. Like so many others who struggle with S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) I take one day, sometimes one minute at a time. Even in the depths of my despair my Savior reaches me with the joy that only He can provide.

I looked up at the brightly lit sun, it was huge in the clear blue sky. The clouds were soft and random, I was lost in a gaze of the endless wonder.

Then the cracking of the swing as it moved gently in the warm morning air distracted me for a moment.
Life couldnít be better!


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Joanne Durrett08/03/07
I like how you used the pun on the topic/title. I enjoy your style.
Janice Cartwright08/04/07
I would like to know more about S.A.D. as I know someone who suffers depression in the spring. This year it was so bad my friend had to be hospitalized. Thank you for making people more aware of this problem.
Marty Wellington 08/04/07
A enjoyed your writing style and you had a great message for so many who deal with depression. Well done!Blessings~
Darlene Casino 08/07/07
Hi; You have done a good job depicting S.A.D. I think only one who has experienced it will be able to relate to its dibilatating effects. One cold, grey, damp, New England day in December I said to my husband:"Do you see the day outside? That is the way I feel all the way to my bones." But, by His grace, we endure and Spring arrives.