But this post is really not about the down morning I have had-- better, it is about how I found myself sitting here, about an hour later, feeling ready to face the day! Over the years, I have built up a tactical fortress of go-to methods for dealing with these bouts of the
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So back to that tactical weaponry. It boils down to this: remembering what is true, amidst untrue thoughts.
For myself, my greatest ally in doing that is my faith, and quite literally, The Creator of The Universe. Still, even with the Big Guy on my side, the main challenge is in remembering what he has said is true about life, about me and about himself-- in short, The Bible.
Many days, I go straight to my little pocket sized scripture, Bible.com or my YouVersion Bible app. Let's be honest though, sometimes we are too crippled by our mood to take the initiative to do so-- this morning was one such morning for me. These moments are when I am most thankful for fellow creative believers, and the Truth-injected media that is readily available to us! These are my top go-to
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My main source of this is Spotify, where I've built different playlists over time. One of which is a list that I call Contemplative, that is where I go when I "just can't even"-- that happened this morning. In all seriousness though, there is nothing like hearing
Prayer is both an opportunity to communicate directly with God, and more of that hearing/seeing scriptural truth concept-- praying aloud or in written form really helps solidify the reality of God's Truth in a tangible way! Sometimes you just have to talk/write it out. If that sounds silly, I dare you to try it in earnest the next time you are feeling glum! I usually end up potently reminded of the gratitude that I have for everything I've been given in this life, despite my struggles. :)
Despite the fact that these are my personal go-to's, I'm sure there are many other forms of effective weaponry against spiritual/emotional/mental turmoil-- I'd definitely still learning what works best, but am confident that it's always recalling Truth in some way. Truth gets to the core of things in a way that chocolate, that favorite old movie, or puppy kisses just can't-- except maybe the puppies. ;)