Take the First Step
“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.” –Helen Keller
Depression and anxiety have a way of isolating us from the world and robbing us of self-confidence. When I read this quote, it was a wake-up call for me to recognize the power in facing the symptoms of an illness that haunts way too many of our lives.
These simple reminders could be the starting stepping stones to help us re-enter life. Just the thought of going out into the world when we feel like everyone else’s life is running smoothly and ours is a disaster can be a frightening thought. But one thing I’ve come to realize is that no one except me can take that first step.
So today, I’ve decided to face the world in spite of the symptoms of an illness that has stolen way too many days from my life. Today I will regain some of my personal power to live the life God promised me.
I encourage each of you to take a deep breath, hold your head high, and walk out the door knowing that you, too, can take that first step towards regaining your place in the world!
Reflective Question: What will it take for you to open that door and take the first step outside?
Carol blogs weekly at www.hopetocope.com – if you would like to subscribe to her posts, you can get her RSS feed here by right clicking and selecting “Copy Link Address”, then adding it to your favorite feed reader. This post originally appeared in the Hope Blog on June 3, 2012.
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