Today the writing prompt for Five Minute Friday is HIDE. For me, it's perfect for today. You'll see why in a moment. (See how I did that? Now you have to keep reading. :) )
Anxiety and depression are liars. They'll steer you wrong every time.
When I feel anxious, I want to withdraw. I've walked out of classes just to be alone, because I felt as though I had to get out of there.
When I am depressed, I feel like isolating myself. I want to hide under the covers all day and not deal with anyone.
These are not the best responses, though. For one thing, it never eases the anxiety for long, and it never helps with the depression. I have to force myself to get out there and be with people whose very presence encourages me and brightens my day. It's hard to do, but always worth it. And I hope that, some of those times, I can be a blessing to someone else.
I haven't participated in Five Minute Friday for a couple of weeks. But this morning I'm having anxiety attacks. Usually this free writing and the FMF community are a joy, so I know this desire to hide is one of those lies.
I have to get out there, whether it's physically or virtually, and show the love of God. We don't have to be perfect to do that. We just have to show up and be authentic.
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