No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.
Unscripted. Unedited. Real.
5 mins of writing on a set topic.
I’ve decided that if I ever wanted to do more writing….and to really get serious about it then I need to be able to just write. Simply write. So I’m going to join some friends linking up at Lisa-Jo’s blog and we shall see what fun ensues…..
So here goes….
Loneliness is a battle. A gut-wrenching, heart-twisting, ear-burning battle.
The state of being alone…away from beloved friends, away from beloved family, the state of being physically alone………..over time…..day after day, month after month, it rips into your soul.
Just as in battle a soldier must turn to face the enemy, by choice – a very intentional thing, when you’re fighting the battle against loneliness, you have to turn your back on your feelings, and face strangers. Face those strangers, stick a smile on your face, and be interested in them. And gradually, over time, those strangers…become…..dear and beloved friends.
That’s the battle. To ignore the feelings of self-doubt, the wonderings of ‘what will they think of me?’, to reach in and through the cultural differences and accents and speak the language of commonality. Find a common thread.
Ohh there are times of tears. Times of pity parties. Times of desperate need for chocolate. Days of longing for the phone to ring. Weeks of hungering for someone else to take the initiative and extend the hand of friendship….
But it is a battle. Loneliness can’t hang around. It can’t take ground and grow roots. For it defeats a person. It causes too much inward thinking and not enough outward and upward looking.
That ripping I mentioned before? Caused by loneliness? The fortunate thing about that…like any battle scar it can tell a story. A story of victory, of overcoming, of the Lord’s provision and ultimate comfort…..if you look to Him. If you allow Him to creep into the hurt and bandage up your wounds, with His love a salve moisturizing deep down.