When I was a little girl I had a teddy. He was blonde brown and had two brown glass eyes. He started out life quite fluffy, but over the years he became quite flat and his fur was matted—but I loved Teddy with all my heart. When we went on vacation Teddy had to come with us, and I agonized that he was put in a suitcase. How would he breathe, so he had to come out and I held him all the way to our vacation caravan.
I don’t have teddy any more, he must have gotten too dirty over the years, or maybe I just left him behind. I have new teddy’s now, two of them: one dark brown and one blonde brown. I don’t think of them much, they basically just sit on one of my meditation cushions. One looking at the ceiling and the other out the window. They remind me of my childhood when I believed in my teddy. I believed that teddy could look after me and protect me when I slept. He was a real friend.
It’s important to have something like a teddy in our lives.
Depression hates teddy bears. Anything that brings comfort is not to be loved or enjoyed. So teddy bears are shunned and most likely thrown out or put on a top shelf gathering dust. But if you think about it; why does a child love teddy bears and soft cuddly toys? They love them because they are soft and cuddly. They make children feel better. So why wouldn’t a teddy bear speak to the child that is still within us?
Today, find a teddy bear or a soft toy. It doesn’t have to be a big one. Any teddy or soft toy will do. I want you to go ahead and give it a hug. I am going to do it right now alongside you. Just a minute while I grab teddy. How funny, my dark brown teddy actually has quite a grumpy face—so I gave it a hug to make it feel better.
It reminds me of the other week. I was at my daughter’s house helping her do some laundry. Her laundry room is in the basement and not exactly inspiring. And there were three of four old teddy bears lying on a shelf. So I stuck them up in-between the pipes and had them waving—it turned a boring laundry room into a happier place.
Being a life warrior and learning combat moves to kick depression is about seeking out the small things in life that make life a little bit more joy filled. Every time you make a combat move to kick depression you are helping everyone around you. When my daughter goes into her laundry room I bet she smiles. She may think, ‘oh mom!’ But ‘oh mom’ made her smile! My friend let’s smile today.