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Great gift for those with depression and great lesson for kids
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2015
This was given to my son today as a birthday gift. He is only one so it is a little advanced for him, but I like reading to my children and figure that even if they don't understand everything right now, the words will make their mark. This is the sort of book that I want to have an impact on them. The message is stronger than most realize.
The kids are in bed right now and their dad is working tonight. I am alone in the house and a dark wave of depression has settled in to keep me company. It is something that I have dealt with most of my life. My birthday is tomorrow. I turn 35 and feel worthless. I am disappointed with where I am at and feel of no value to the world. I know I am of value to my children and my animals and I treasure them more than words can convey, but beyond that, I feel like wasted space. This is an emotion that has always plagued me, even when logically, I realize I have done some very good things. It is the depression and it wraps its deceptive arms around me in my times of sorrow to comfort me with my own despair.
So while I am alone, I decided to clean up and put away my son's gifts. I picked up this book from the pile and decided to sit down and read it. I wasn't prepared to feel the words the way that I did. It feels silly to say that a book meant for children also feels meant for people with depression, but it does. There is little comfort for the constant sadness that stirs within me at times like this, yet somehow this book provided it. It is really very simple text with nothing that I haven't already heard before. Maybe it was the timing. Still, the reminder that even though everything seems stagnant right now, the good that I have done is likely still resonating out there, meant something to me. The things that I have done have mattered and are still mattering and will continue to matter. In some way, I must matter too. I really needed that tonight.
"You're here for a reason.
It's totally true.
You're part of a world that
is counting on you.
So don't be too worried
if some days fall flat.
Good things can happen,
even from that."
I will read this book to my children often and strive to fill them with a sense of love and value. As I read it to them, I will also be reading it to myself as a reminder.
In addition to recommending it for kids, I would also recommend it as a gift for those with depression when you want to do something for them, but just don't know what. The simple act of gifting them this book might provide a sense of comfort that they won't accept as words or a hug.
Well done, Nancy Tillman.