Sadness – Blog Carnival


Welcome to the One Word At A Time Blog Carnival. This week’s word is: Sadness.

Although this is a ‘One Word’ carnival, we have a theme for the next few weeks and the theme is “Let Go Of…” So every week, we will have a word for the week, but the theme will be letting go of that word.

My entry is below all of this intro stuff.

Below this, you’ll find a little widget called Simply Linked. All the participants in the carnival add their links to the widget and that way we can all find and read everyone’s entries. You’re welcome to join us, the carnival is open to anyone.

To see all of the upcoming words and their dates, visit


It’s Not As Simple As That

I wrote a little while ago about depression and the waves of sadness it can bring – and this week seems a good time to revisit that.

Depression can be caused by many things, but very often it is a physical condition, which is even hereditary.

It can be easy for people to try to ‘cheer you up’ or to simply tell you to “get over it” but it’s not as simple as that. You may as well tell someone to ‘get over’ cancer.

Sometimes depression requires medication.

That’s nothing to be ashamed of, it’s nothing embarrassing or anything, sometimes you simply have a physical condition which requires medical treatment… and don’t be afraid to seek it!

I am currently on Prozac and, for the first time in a few years, I am no longer feeling the waves of sadness that knock you down and pin you to your chair or bed… or floor for hours on end.

I want to encourage you today to seem medical health. Medicine and therapy can really work wonders and it’s worth sticking it out and trying different medications until you find the one that’s right for you.

I’m going to share the poem that I wrote for that post, almost a year ago now, not to try to bring you down, but instead to tell you this is absolutely how I felt at the time… but I don’t feel that way any more.

You can’t just let go…. be there is light at the end of the tunnel. Truly there is!


I’m awake.
I can tell I’m awake,
I never feel like crying in my sleep.

My eyes are closed.
I’m not holding back tears.
I never try to hold them back, they just never come.

What happened?
Why do I want to cry?
What terrible thing is affecting me this way?

No horrible event,
It’s all just my messed up brain chemistry.

I hate it.
It won’t go away.
…Tomorrow will be the same as every other day.

I’m awake.
I can tell I’m awake –
I never feel like crying in my sleep.

Peter Pollock, May 2012

Go see your doctor. Today!

About PeterP

I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children. I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote a book to try and teach just those skills. I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

4 thoughts on “Sadness – Blog Carnival”

  1. hazel i moon says:

    Your poem is beautiful and very moving.

  2. Thomas Mason says:

    There was a time in my recent past that I felt very hopeless. Even talking about everything with a therapist didn’t help. I finally sought medical help and have been on an anti-depressant for over a year.

  3. tc says:

    Wow. I’m new here and and this morning i woke up to a lot of sadness. I had gotten an injury a few weeks ago which has caused me to go into a depression. This morning I was thinking of loss ive experienced in the past and the loss that ill have to experience in the future. I was crying about things like how was
    y life going to be if/ when my mother died. IM 49, never have been married and have no children.
    Who will be there for me? Will i be all alone? Will I
    get married? I just was really experience tremendous sadness this morning and then i get
    the email notification from Peter about “Sadness”.
    Yesterday i was dealing with alot of fears, and happened on a Scripture which God has been showing me off and on for the last few years. It was Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and of good courage, don’t be afraid or discouraged, For i will be with you wherever you go. I was really encouraged and in a good mood for the rest of the day/night.
    So i know God used Peter’s post about sadness to let me know that He will always be with me.
    The sadness was good though. It was my body and soul’s way of centering my emotions and thoughts to reality of this life/world and that can be a good thing. Im just thankful when God
    helps to put things in perspective

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