Many people struggle with depression.
It isn’t always easy but I am learning.
An eye opening experience
Since being diagnosed with depression in February of 2007 my eyes have been opened to other people’s struggle with it too.
One such person was a man I met a few years ago. This man was in great despair and in a deep depression.He had lost his will to live.
In one of our initial meetings he shared a poem with me. He said the poem described how he was feeling. It is called “Men With Broken Hearts” by Hank Williams. It brought tears to my eyes as he read it.
Men With Broken Hearts
You’ll meet many just like me upon life’s busy street
With shoulders stooped and heads bowed low and eyes that stare in defeat
Or souls that live within the past where sorrow plays all parts
Where a living death is all that’s left for men with broken hearts
You have no right to be the judge to criticize and condemn
Just think but for the grace of God it would be you instead of him
One careless step a thoughtless deed and then the misery starts
And to those who weep death comes cheap these men with broken hearts
Oh so humble you should be when they come passing by
For it’s written that the greatest men never get too big to cry
Some lose faith in love and life when sorrow shoots her darts
And with hope all gone they walk alone these men with broken hearts
You’ve never walked in that man’s shoes or saw things through his eyes
Or stood and watched with helpless hands while the heart inside you dies
Some were paupers some were kings and some were masters of the arts
But in their shame they’re all the same these men with broken hearts
Life sometimes can be so cruel that a heart will pray for death
God why must these living dead know pain with every breath
So help your brother along the road no matter where he starts
For the God that made you made them too these men with broken hearts
Video of the song
How do you respond to people who are struggling with depression?
*** I am happy to say that the man I mentioned in this post has found new hope in life and he is moving forward one day at a time.