Thursday, April 15, 2010

Grace & Compassion

It's not very British, I know, and it will upset my mother (Mamma, I'm okay now, I promise), but I'm afraid that the looming ogre, meh-lank-ily, has been after me the last couple of days.  The signs are consistent. For example:
  1. This article in the New York Times, on the joys of living on one's own in the wilderness, sounded very appealing.
  2. I was reluctant to get out of bed this afternoon and showed up ten minutes late to meet the school bus. (Massive guilt sets in usually, even at the thought of a nap.)
  3. Los Angeles was my enemy; every billboard, every hip teenager, its pristine over-watered lawns, every manifestation of conspicuous wealth, even the fast-food joints made me miserable.  I wanted to be in England, now that Spring is here (with apologies to Browning)
  4. I cried, nay, I sobbed, for about two hours, without a break, sitting up in bed, looking entirely hideous, face red and wet and crinkled, both dogs staring at me, ear cocked to the side, with an occasional empathetic bat of the tail.
  5. I culled nearly 200 ersatz friends on Facebook because I decided they wouldn't even know what I looked like if I bumped into them. (Interesting story: When I was with Minky in an Italian restaurant at the Grove the other day and she was projectile vomiting, I spied a man I know, who has sat around the table of a non-profit board meeting with me, and he said not a word to me, even when my child had fainted and the fire department rushed in. Not a word.) 
Only this morning I was giving advice to a girlfriend who was suffering from depression.  I said something like "Meds like SSRI's have come leaps and bounds in the last ten years; there's really no stigma to mental illness anymore."

Anne Lamott, whom I had the pleasure of seeing last night at Caltech says something like, why is it that you can be kind and loving to your best girlfriends but you can't treat yourself with the same grace and compassion.  I must try to remember that.

6 comments:

LPC said...

There's little stigma in the outside world but we can always impose our own from the inside:). Much more powerful that way. I would say don't let those inner voices prevent you from being kind to yourself, but I am prone to the same thing. So I will just say I am sorry and hope you feel better soon.

Anonymous said...

My darling. The romantic poets celebrated it:
http://www.bartleby.com/101/628.html
An article I read in the NY Times recently said that without periods of melancholy, we don't reflect and it renders us incapable of moving forward. So embrace your melancholy lovely one! xxxx

Wzzy said...

Dear Miss W.: Know that you are loved, and valued, and never alone. xo

Glenland Ladybird said...

Thank you, just thank you.Two of my boys went south to school today. I cried. I'm OK and your OK too.

shayma said...

I am with Arlene- know that there are people who care for you- even if we've never met. x shayma

Liberty London Girl said...

I can tell you that on almost exactly the same day I was crying rivers of tears for similar reasons. I've just had to give up reading Adam Nlichoson's Sissinghurst as it made me cry with longing for England in Spring.

I know this will pass, and there will be better days, & I hope it will for you too my darling LLGxx