Friday, August 28, 2015

Isolation: Don't Go There (Five Minute Friday) #fmfparty

Isolation is not a pretty place to be.

Especially when you're in the dark.

Yet depression often forces us into exactly that place.

The irony is that we want to be alone, to crawl into a corner and hide from the world.  At the same time, what's best for us is just the opposite.

When depression strikes, I find it hard to think clearly.  My instinct is to pull up the covers and stay in bed all day.  Why wallowing in the bad feelings, letting them steal my day, sounds appealing, I don't know.  Well, yes, I kind of do.  That's the depression talking:  Be alone with me.

Wallowing in misery is the absolute worst thing to do, though.  I need to get out among people, or at least reach out by phone.  I need someone to remind me of the promises of God.  I need someone not to appease me by saying, "It'll be okay," but to remind me that God is still in control, no matter what's happening and where I am.

I can't do it alone.  I need God--His strength, His wisdom, His unfailing love.  And when I can't see Him, I need good friends to remind me that He is always, always with me.

I wrote this in five minutes in response to the prompt ALONE in Five Minute Friday.  Click through the link below to see more FMF.

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  1. I think depression is a very ugly thing...
    but truthfully, depression or not, I think we all need to be reminded that God is always with us.
    Hope you had a great week and are having a great weekend.

  2. Oh, boy, I do understand depression and isolation. Very accurate the way you explain it. I prefer to be alone on a good day so it's really difficult for me not to isolate on bad days and then the only people I tolerate are my children. Guess I need to work on that a bit. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Thanks, Petula. I try to keep reminding myself that depression is a liar. I just don't always remember than when I need to!


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