BY DAVID LAWRENCE
It is the simplest of gestures that are able to make others feel valued and loved. It’s done by things such as holding someones hand, looking them in the eye when you speak to them, or going out of your way to ask how they are doing. It’s done by telling them they are valued and loved.
These are the things that seem to matter the most. Not the petty passerby conversation, but the deep stuff. The things that go beyond surface level words, and instead create conversation and action that allow darkness to be exposed and overcome.
To be straightforward, on most days I quickly get overwhelmed and depression and anxiety easily set in through every little hole it can find. I tell myself that my troubles can’t be shared with those around me, because if they knew all that was in my mind they wouldn’t like me, and even worse, they might think I am insane, or at least missing a few marbles.
However, I know that I’m not alone. And when I tell myself otherwise, I must be reminded that this is a lie. Being a human is messy, but I’m certainly not alone or crazy.
Let this be a reminder for the both of us, because it’s nice to be reminded once in awhile:
You’re not crazy for the unexplainable waves of feelings that seem to pass in and out as they please. There are millions of other people all around with the same holes, quirky habits, similar messes, and voids looking to be filled.
So friends, no matter which side of the fence you find yourself, take time to speak honestly. Take time to listen to one another and really press in to being open with where you are at in life.