Ever feel like you’re all alone? Like no one understands and no one cares? Like you have to figure everything out yourself? Well, guess what? It just isn’t true!
Another step to facing my fears and anxieties is realizing I am NOT ALONE! When I pick up the phone to call a friend or loved one and share what is going on in my life, I am comforted (2 Cor 1:4) I receive advice and information. When I put aside my shame and guilt and get the courage to talk about my situation, light dispels the darkness and I can see more clearly what needs to be done.
It really is amazing. I recently had a health issue, yes, another one, (and I know I’m not alone in that either), that I was kind of embarrassed to talk about. But I knew I had to get over the fear of “What will people think?” As author Wayne Dyer puts it “Who cares what other people think?” By not speaking up and talking about the issue, I perpetuate the anxiety and fearful feelings and prevent myself from finding a solution to my problem.
It is important to get wise counsel and as much information as possible when facing issues. My decisions may have long term consequences and the longer I put off making a decision, I prolong the pain.
What is it you are facing today that you are afraid to talk about? A relationship issue? A health or job issue? Whatever it is, find a wise friend or just talk to God about it. He always listens and always has time for us. And he always has the right answer.
Facing my fears has enormous impact on how joyful I feel at any given moment. When the burden of my problem is lifted, joy can bubble up inside once again.
Until next time, remember you are not alone. Feel free to drop me a note any time as as always, keep looking up!