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Anxiety Rochambeau

Anxiety is ruled by Fear, but Kindness covers Fear and Anxiety caves to Kindness.

Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.

Proverbs 12:25

I grew up in the last quarter of the twentieth century and I don’t remember anxiety being much of a topic. Looking back, I’m certain I experienced it, but it was referred to in different terms and explained in different ways. Today, we all know the word ‘Anxiety’ and most of us use it to describe a range of symptoms from which we suffer. We are occupied in a game of Anxiety Rochambeau which is being played in our minds. Let’s talk strategy.

Right here, I want to say that I have no expertise in mental health. When it comes to matters of panic and anxiety, I can only speak from my own experience and limited research. I broadly understand the major difference between a panic attack and an anxiety attack to be the way in which they build. A panic attack comes on suddenly and severely, where an anxiety attack usually begins slowly and climbs to a crescendo over time. Anxiety is not the source of our fear, it is our body’s reaction to that thing (or things) and it can be crippling.

Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.

Arthur Somers Roche

I like how Mr. Roche put that. And right here, I want to quote Proverbs again:

Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.

Proverbs 12:25

I know that when I am in the throes of an anxiety or panic attack, I begin to operate out of desperation; my words become short and temperamental, and people run away. My family doesn’t want to argue, admirably, so they leave. I’ve often wished that someone would have the courage to stay, show me kindness, and pray over me. I know that is what I really need and feel it would allay the ugly stuff much faster than leaving me to ‘calm down’ on my own. I am convinced that my anxiety has a spiritual aspect to it and having someone willing to battle with and for me in prayer, especially when I’m vulnerable, would make all the difference.

It is safe to assume almost everybody I know is anxious about something. Statistically, it is probable that you, my Back Porch friend, suffer symptoms of anxiety. I want to be supportive without deepening your bondage to that stream of fear. My plan is to throw kindness around like I’m watering parched grass on a summer day, allowing refreshment to fall everywhere and to seep into any and every open crack. If I soothe a fear before it cuts a channel to be anxious about, maybe I can make a real and lasting difference.

Would you share your thoughts with me? How would you like to be supported when anxiety takes hold? What sort of practical kindness would alleviate the burden for you? I would be honored to have your back in prayer. If that would help you, let me know in the comments. Leave any insight you’d like to convey. Let’s help others understand how to come to our assistance. Lets determine to be a lifeline for those around us. In this game of Anxiety Rochambeau, kindness wins!

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