Self Sufficiency

24 Jan 2019, 17:08 // Lucy Green

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne is a great place to gain life wisdom from. Pooh and Piglet have gone to check on Eeyore because they haven’t seen him for a while. Eeyore says “I feel really rather Sad, and Alone, and Not Much Fun To Be Around At All. Which is why I haven't bothered you.” "We're sitting here with you," said Pooh, "because we are your friends. And true friends don't care if someone is feeling Sad, or Alone, or Not Much Fun To Be Around At All. True friends are there for you anyway. And so here we are." Eeyore started to feel a very tiny little bit better. Because Pooh and Piglet were There. No more; no less.

As someone who for a long time was and still is working on their organisation skills, the idea of being “self-sufficient” can seem quite attractive. Some other ways of saying self-sufficient could be; independent or able to stand on one's own two feet.

But, the time in my life where I was aiming to be self-sufficient; I was actually isolated, anxious, lonely and exhausted. The reality was I was incredibly stressed and was internalising a lot. My life resembled a swan, I was manically paddling below the surface but above the surface I was gliding along. 

Eventually, I was so anxious from internalising everything I had to reach out to others. 

I called out to God a lot in this time and asked Him to heal me from anxiety. The healing came from when I finally mobilised the support from my community and those offering to support me. Matthew 18: 20 says:

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Some of us need time alone to recharge our batteries but it is important we remember that a problem shared is a problem halved. When life is hard don’t isolate yourself, go to worship and prayer nights at church, catch up with friends and be accountable!  

And send me an email, I would love to support you in any way I can,

Lucy