I woke up to the sound of my alarm clock cajoling me awake and the feeling of anxiety coursing through me. To say that I woke up on the wrong side of the bed would be the understatement of the year. I just wanted to crawl under said bed and hide for the day, but my family and job awaited me. So, I reluctantly got up, which was a feat in and of itself. As I prepared to face the day, I found myself silently screaming for relief and comfort, which was my desperate version of praying. It didn’t take long at all for my prayers to be answered.
When I arrived at work, much to my dismay, I discovered that the negative feelings had followed me and were launching another assault on my weary mind and body. As I wondered how I would rein in the anxiety to focus on my job, I received the most random of texts from a dear friend at the perfect moment . My friend had no clue what I was experiencing, yet he sent the most timely of messages:
“I wanted to remind you that you’re a tremendous person and make the world a better place just by being in it . . .just ignore negative thoughts today!”
The minute I read that message, I felt my anxiety begin to slowly loosen its grip on me. I took a deep breath and started working on the tasks at hand. As I made my way through the day, I was able to keep the anxiety at bay for the most part. At one point, though, I felt the return of the all too familiar tightening of my chest and tingling in my arms, signaling that the anxiety is lurking nearby, and again, I felt myself asking for divine intervention.
Almost as soon as I requested help, it appeared in the form of a message from yet another sweet friend who did not know I was having a rough go of it today:
That unexpected positive message helped to quiet the chaotic chatter in my mind and reminded me of my self-worth and the support I am so very fortunate to have in my life. It also gave me a boost to get through the rest of the day. Neither of these friends had any idea that their respective messages would help me to remember what seemed destined to be a bad day that was marked by negativity and anxiety as a good day that was marked by timely, kind messages from good friends. Sometimes, words really do speak louder than actions.
Just one thing each day . . .