Giving Thanks, part 18: Feelings

Today I am grateful for my feelings.  I am the type of person who feels very deeply–the gamut of the emotional spectrum, really.  At times I have even struggled with anxiety and depression.  In the past, people who I trusted held this against me and made me out to be crazy.  And I believed them for a long time, thinking there was something wrong with me.  But I have now surrounded myself with people who appreciate that characteristic of my personality, who build me up and help me realize that I am a powerful woman who deserves to influence people just because I’m me.

And it’s helped me learn some very special things about my feelings:

I have realized that my anxiety is a Gift of the Spirit, something Heavenly Father has given me to help me feel closer to Him and His children.  Although it can be frustrating at times to feel unsettled and antsy, I am better able to empathize with others and build them up in their anxiety.  My emotional capacity connects me with God’s children more, and my heart is more tenderized to their needs and hopes and dreams.  And maybe this has something to do with God’s little mission for me, so I’ll take it gladly.

One comment

  1. CKE says:

    I loved this. I love that you are so open with your feelings. I have a hard time with those feelings too and it’s hard to even talk about it. I am SURE your hard times feeling depressed and anxious do have something to do with God’s plan for you. You are amazing and I admire you and love you so much! 🙂 xoxo

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