One of the hallmarks of depression of any kind — and perhaps especially postpartum depression — is a feeling of isolation.
I am so alone. Surely no one else feels the way I do; no one else has these terrible thoughts; no one else is as messed up as I am. I can’t tell anyone how I feel — there isn’t anyone else who’s been through this.
These lies of loneliness can consume us, driving us only further down into the darkness of depression. Then the thoughts get worse. I’m so alone. Who could possibly love me? I’m not worthy of anyone’s love. I’m not needed. Everyone is better off without me…
Have you been there? I have. And I never want to find myself there again.
If you feel yourself caught in this trap of negative thinking, then hear what St. John Paul the Great wants you to know:
None of us is alone in this world; each of us is a vital piece of the great mosaic of humanity as a whole.”
When I first read this, I felt such a sense of comfort: I am not alone. I am needed. I am vital. I belong.
And the more I ponder this, the more I feel a great sense of responsibility: We are not islands, created for ourselves. We belong to each other. No one should ever be left to feel unworthy, insignificant, or unloved.
The crowning glory of God’s creation is the human person. He made us out of love, for love — and there is no one, not one person on earth, who is not worthy to love and be loved.
No matter what you may feel today, know this: You are not alone. You are not unworthy. You are loved. You belong to me, and I belong to you, and to the whole of humanity.
You are an irreplaceable piece of God’s most beautiful mosaic.