Friday, April 24, 2015

On NOT Hiding (Five Minute Friday)

It's finally Friday!

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. :) )

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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.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:15-16)
STOP

Go visit our hostess, Kate Motaung, for more Five Minute Friday!


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6 comments :

  1. Melissa, some days are nothing but an exercise of will - willing ourselves to put one foot in front of the other, and doing the next thing. God bless you for showing up and not hiding. I'm your neighbor at #FMF

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and for being so encouraging. YES, I definitely have days that are "nothing but an exercise of will."

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  2. Hey girl, you're not alone in anxiety and depression. You are so normal. Thank you for having the courage to write about it, to show up. Sometimes the most courageous thing we can do is get out of bed and that is OK!

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    1. Syndal, thanks so much for your encouragement! I really appreciate it. :)

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  3. I'm so glad you came out today so I could meet you. You seem to have a great sense of humor. Keep coming out! Your FMF neighbor.

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  4. So glad you decided to join up today..
    You are right, it is something you enjoy and when you aren't doing it, it could be depression trying to keep you down! Glad you fought it!!!!

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