Proverbs 12:25 - Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
According to merriam-webster.com in their article, "Anxiety," here are a few definitions of the word “anxiety”: painful or apprehensive uneasiness of mind usually over an impending or anticipated ill, fearful concern or interest, an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse).
One of the synonyms for anxiety is “care”: implies oppression of the mind weighed down by responsibility or disquieted by apprehension.
Some people walk around with a chip on their shoulders just waiting to lash out at the next person who crosses their path.
Others, like myself, carry around a different kind of weight – the “weight of the world” on my shoulders. I feel it’s my job to try to fix all the problems around me. Anxiety rises within and weighs down my heart.
But just as the Bible verse says above there is a way to lift that weight – kind words.
It doesn’t take much to lift that chip off someone’s shoulders, or to lift off that weight on their shoulders and set the anxiety free. It just takes someone who will stop what they’re doing, smile, and cheer us up with a few kind words and bring us hope.
You may have noticed that some of my blogs refer to the art of conversation. Our words, and how we say them, have a large impact on those we speak to.
So don’t judge those weighed down by anxiety, but let your words bring a healing balm.
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Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.