Yesterday I was reading this article entitled Broken Buddha. I found the article so inspirational because we all have fears deep within us that sometimes nag us and even prevent us from achieving everything that we can. I share a similar feeling with the author about some of the churches that I've attended, but now that I attend FUUCSL and the Drolma Center, religious services are no longer anxiety-provoking experiences.
Nevertheless, I still suffer from general anxiety in other situations. I've noticed over the past five or six years that I sometimes suffer from what I would consider to be debilitating anxiety. I don't just feel slightly anxious; I feel overwhelmed and therefore do nothing to combat the problems that lead to my anxiety. Doing nothing about problems leads to problems getting worse, which leads to more anxiety. It's a vicious cycle.
I recently joined 43 Things, but it only occurred to me today to add "overcome anxiety" as one of my goals. Funny thing is, less than 10 minutes after posting that goal, I had already received a cheer from someone else. I love the way everyone on this site reaches out to support you and help you realize your dreams. I prefer this kind of social networking over any other kind. I hope people are cheering out of genuine love and compassion and aren't only cheering for SEO or some other benefit that I don't know about yet. It would make me feel cheap and unloved.
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Posted as part of Much Love Monday.