Walked through the village to give French lessons to the farmer’s wife confined to her bed after an accident. There are irises out in the gardens, dark blue and royal purple and a lovely dirty apricot. My friend Beppa’s house is very neat and orderly but somehow lifeless and unenjoyed. On the other hand my home looks as if we celebrate Christmas every other day, so I am not one to talk.
‘I feel depressed,’ said Beppa. ‘How do you say that in French?’
‘You can’t say that,’ I said vaguely. ‘Depression is not a feeling, it is a symptom of repressed feelings.’
So we listened to Edith Piaf singing husky songs about doomed love affairs and practised a clapping counting game. Then we had a peppy conversation about la condition humaine and unlimited potential and how sometimes it helps to make a note of three small things each day we feel grateful for. In the present tense and not the conditional.
* I am so grateful that I finally realised the importance of the word PROMPTLY in Step 10. It only took two years for me to notice that. What a difference a teeny little adverb can make!
Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.