Take a deep breathe, check your pulse, hit yourself over the head (Ouch!)…We have just determined that you are still alive. Maybe all is not well with you, but there are still plenty of reasons to rejoice in this simple truth. I’ll offer you just one. Perhaps, it is the single most important thing you need to hear right now. Despite how you may be feeling, you are never alone.
“When you walk through the storm, hold your head up high, and don’t be afraid of the dark. At the end of the storm is a golden sky and the sweet silver song of the lark. Walk on through the wind. Walk on through the rain, though your dreams be tossed and blown. Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone. You’ll never walk alone.”–from Carousel, written by Rodgers and Hammerstein
Whenever we are inclined to feel burdened down with the blows of life, let us remember that others have passed the same way, have endured, and then have overcome. History is replete with the experiences of those who have struggled and yet who have remained steadfast and of good cheer. The reason? They have made the gospel of Jesus Christ the center of their lives. This is what will pull us through whatever comes our way. We will still experience difficult challenges, but we will be able to face them, to meet them head-on, and to emerge victorious. From the bed of pain, from the pillow wet with tears, we are lifted heavenward by that divine assurance and precious promise: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Such comfort is priceless.–Thomas S. Monson
So, take courage, and walk on. Yes, go for a walk. As difficult as it might be to get yourself outside, I believe in you. If the obstacles seem too daunting to surmount, I promise you that if you but give whatever particle of effort you can muster, that effort will be met, matched, and surpassed by He who has vowed not to leave thee alone. “God did not remove the Red Sea. He opened it. He will help you find a way through your problems as well.”–Brad Wilcox
You seek peace from the never-ending agony of your mental illness. It has manifested itself physically, and you are further depressed with your body. You are in search of some remedy for both. Going to work is tough enough, I understand. Yes, I also get that you are not up to going out in public to workout. “When things get tough, find a reason to go on instead of a reason to quit. Both are easy to find, but the one you chose will change your life.”–unknown Therefore, walking is the ideal approach. Better still, how about venturing out early in the morning or late at night! These times of the day offer you just what you need. The absence of noise, due to the lack of cars and people on the streets, is perfectly conducive for a peaceful stroll around the neighborhood. Engage in some serious soul-searching while you are involved in some wonderful exercise. The calm and serene atmosphere can help you to recharge your batteries.
“Sometimes, carrying on, just simply carrying on, is the most superhuman achievement.”–Albert Camus Remember, dear friends, that you are never alone. “We see what we are looking for: burdens or blessings, weeds or flowers, and sometimes we need help from the ONE who sees all things as they really are.”–Ardeth G. Kapp “He can make us whole no matter what is broken in us.”–Paul V. Johnson