Sunday started out as a horrible day. My fibromyalgia flared up so I woke up in a lot of pain, someone at church hurt my feelings, and I was exhausted. I just wanted to curl up in a ball and cry. I did cry, but I managed to press on to the next thing, which was finishing up my Bible study for the week.
My best friend and I are doing a study together, and we “meet” over the phone every Sunday afternoon to discuss it. I briefly thought of asking to reschedule our call because I felt so bad, but I know how busy she is and how inconvenient a postponement would have been for her. It turns out that a conversation with her was just what I needed! After talking with her, I felt better emotionally and mentally, so the pain and fatigue were easier to handle.
When you suffer from chronic pain, it’s easy to withdraw and isolate yourself from the world. We may even subconsciously push away those we love most because we don’t feel anyone can really understand what we’re going through. Please don’t fall into that trap!
We were created to be in relationship, and even if we don’t think we need anyone else, our hearts know better. Somewhere deep inside, we all crave connection with others. A good support system of family and friends can get us through the tough days so we can get on to better days.
I’m extremely fortunate to have a wonderful, supportive husband and family, but sometimes you just need to talk to your best friend. They can be honest with you when your spouse is afraid to. Sometimes I just need to hear, “Everybody’s got something” to know that I’m not alone, and be reminded that in the grand scheme of things, I’m extremely fortunate. There are a lot of others who are going through something worse than I am. They can also make you laugh when nobody else can. That’s especially true of my friend, as we’ve been friends since grade school. We have LOTS of shared memories to laugh about.
I’m so thankful for my best friend!
Why not call them today?