Enemies of Health - Depression
Cause #2: In-Grown Eyeballs (I G E B)
I, I, I, is guaranteed to make us and everyone around us miserable.
Then we can be depressed, because no one likes us.
Symptoms of I G E B:
The person so afflicted will search for places to use the letter I.
"I want," "I won't," "I don't care," "I am a star," "I have a better." Some
of the afflicted have been known to wear out the letter "I" on their
typewriters. Severe cases of IGEB are also very creative in the use
of the words my and mine.
IGEB's are very sensitive to slights, and are easily offended. "You
must not like me, you haven't called me every day." "I was the last one invited,
they must not want me to come." "My opinion was ignored, and I know I had
the best idea."
IGEB's are like Goldie Locks, never satisfied. Seats to hard, or to
soft, Choir sings to loud, or to soft, preaching to long, or not long
enough. IGEB's do as little as possible for others, and shirk duties
and responsibilities if they can. Yet they always expect to be publicly
acknowledged for every effort, no matter how small, and they never forget
a service they have rendered. They have the attitude that says you
IGEB's think about themselves first second and third, and talk about themselves
first, second and third. IGEB'S frequently demand agreement with their
views and rarely admit the possibility that anyone else might be more capable
IGEB's usually follow the rule of, be suspicious of everyone's motives and
trust no one. They dwell on the shortcomings of others and make diligent
effort to locate and make public the faults of others. This plan of
action will produce loneliness and depression in the life of the afflicted
and will so affect the body that it will respond with many aches and
If any or all of these symptoms are present in your life you need to take
the cure. It's found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and must
be taken as a regular dose until the affliction is cured. The
following is my paraphrase from the amplified version.
(Insert your name)
_____ endures long and is patient and kind;
(Insert your name) _______ never
is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vain glorious,
and I do not display myself haughtily. I am not conceited...arrogant
and inflated with pride, I am not rude (unmannerly) and do not act unbecomingly.
With God's love in me, I do not insist on my own rights or my own way, for
God's love in me is not self seeking; I am not touchy, fretful or resentful;
I take no account of the evil done to me....I pay no attention to a suffered
wrong. I do not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, I rejoice
when right and truth prevail. God's love in me causes me to bear up
under anything and everything that comes; as a result, I am ever ready to
believe the best of every person. My hopes are fadeless under all
circumstance and God's love in me causes me to endure everything without
weakening. God's love in me never fails.
Practical advice. The amount of happiness you are experiencing at
this moment is in direct relation to the extent of happiness you are
dispensing. You can easily prove this, for yourself, by dispensing
some happiness to the next person you see. Try praising other people,
even if at first it frightens them to hear it coming from you. Give
of yourself to others.
A Chinese proverb says, "Fragrance clings to the hand that gives a
rose." When you bring joy to another, then there will be two happy people
and one of them will be you. He who would be greatest among you, let
him serve. Remember everyone needs love, especially when they don't
Don't dwell on the shortcomings of others, sure your mate has faults, but
have you ever considered that if he or she were perfect, then he or she probably
wouldn't have married you. Henry Ward Beecher once said, "Every
man and woman should keep a fair sized graveyard to bury the faults of family,
friends, neighbors and brothers and sisters in the Lord." I think that
is a good idea. Please note, it is the faults you bury....not the
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