They say the job market stalled in May. They say the economic slowdown is widening. They say investors are running for safety.
They say my profession is one of the most unstable. They say look at the Times-Picayune, The Rocky Mountain News. They say there is not enough money to justify all that paper and ink.
If what they say — it could be about our blood pressure, our grades, our job performance — is what chases us our thoughts down uncertain streets, why are words often not enough when we encounter people lost in anxiety, or when we ourselves are suffering from it?
In April, guest writer Rhett Smith encouraged us to resist clichéd answers and face our anxiety and work through it. He said, “Only in facing anxiety do we put ourselves in a place where God can transform us and we can come out on the other side saying, ‘Do not be anxious.’”
Looking through the BreakfastReading archives, we found a couple posts that reflect Rhett’s hope for an honest engagement with anxiety.
For me, I’ve learned to stop and “waste time” with my stack of vinyl records.
For Jonalyn, she has learned to pray, even if those prayers go unanswered.
For Molly, it means moving out of the past or the future and into the present.
What about you: What do you do with your anxiety?