Depression – It’s Dragon practice

There must have been something in the air this weekend. I had a real bout of NAAFI (No Ambition and Fuckall Initiative). Come Monday, I found out I was not the only one. That was when I realised. It’s Dragon practice.

The common thread here was that we were all on our own path to find the Dragon, and, we needed practice. In order to go up against the Dragon fully prepared and ready for the fight, you have to practice your moves. The high swipe, the overhand smash, and most importantly, the block.

You really have to know how to use your shield. The shield of talent is the best defense. But, you have to exercise with it. You have to understand the reach, how big a blow it can block, and how fast you can move it through the air. It’s no good blocking the claw only to be taken out with the tail swipe.

You need to set aside regular time to train with your shield. You’re better off training 10 minutes every day, than 60 minutes once a week. Yes, ultimately the amount of practice time is the same, but you don’t build the muscle memory. With daily practice, very little time is spent remembering previous moves. Occasional practice results in lots of wasted time getting reacquainted with the shield.

With regular practice, using the shield becomes second nature. It becomes an extension of yourself, a critical piece of the being that is you. This intimate knowledge really helps when the Dragon attacks. Being able to completely rely on your shield without thinking about it, means you can use your higher brain function to deal with the part of you that is freaking out about the Dragon attack.

How are you going to practice consistently?

4 Responses to Depression – It’s Dragon practice
  1. Jane Bradbury
    May 18, 2010 | 6:44 am

    Wonderful allegory Gareth. Yes, I'll try to practice every day; can't be doing with too many days like yesterday. :o)

  2. Gareth
    May 18, 2010 | 7:53 am

    Yeah, those days suck. I tend to get attacked by a couple of them in a row. (when it's really bad, I wonder if I might be bipolar)

    I think it's almost time to stop with the descriptions and start giving practical tips. The descriptions are fun to write, but I'm not sure they're all that helpful.

  3. BirdyD
    May 20, 2010 | 3:07 am

    Just found out that this site is being updated. A lot. I could have sworn I'd signed up for updates before???

    No matter. The stories are wonderful, and the messages crystal-clear.

    And is it in the freakin' wind or what??? On the 17th I had the worst bout of depression I've had in a long time. And let me tell you – I hadn't missed it.

    Here's to practice! 😀

  4. Gareth
    May 20, 2010 | 5:06 pm

    Yeah. I think I've finally realised what I have to offer, and, what the best way for me to present it is.

    Strange though, i wonder why the updates aren't coming through. I was having some problems with extra spaces in feedburner. Glad you're back.

    Yeah, and given what I've seen going up this week elsewhere, it looks like burnout has been a common problem recently.

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