Thought Shifting, or…How to Shake the Mind if Stuck in a Doldrum

How to snap out of a nasty bought of depression? Reason, supply us with an answer. Distraction is a quick fix. I like to turn to Whitman to remind me that rejection of negativity works to incorporate positive thoughts. Positive thoughts turn into positive action and experience. Sing on, oh-great American poet.

Song of the Open Road


Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,

Healthy, free, the world before me,

The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-for-tune,

Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,

Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,

Strong and content I travel the open road.

The earth, that is sufficient,

I do not want the constellations any nearer,

I know they are very well where they are,

I know they suffice for those who belong to them.

(Still here I carry my old delicious burdens,

I carry them, men and women, I carry them with me wherever I go,

I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them,

I am fill’d with them; and I will fill them in return.)

I, too, am tired of my library. Tired of repetition and small-town fiction portrayed as “real life.” A better reality is out there, time to change the channel. The individual has more control over internal consideration that one initially imagines. Whitman noted our burdens as delicious, in that we enjoy or chose our own battles. There is plenty of adventure and wander to be had, let us select wisely to whom or where our energies fall<> #PursuitofOptimism #Dionysian

Works Cited

Whitman, Walt. The Complete Poems of Walt Whitman. Ed. Stephen Matterson. London: Wordsworth Poetry Library, 2006.

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