Do you remember the song, "Tears of a Clown"?
The chorus goes "Tears of a clown when no one's around."
Can you relate? We sometimes hide our sorrow and pain from the world, we tuck it deep down inside, far enough so no one can detect, right? We wear that smile, the one that tells the world everything is fine, I'm good, no problems, right? But then when we crawl into our safe place, where no one can see, the smile disappears, and the tears flow. The pain surfaces, the betrayal we haven't released, the rejection that lingers in our mind, the loss, rises to the top and spills down our cheeks like a waterfall.
The crying soon ceases and we once again bury the pain only for the world. Within us it is there, it waits for silence and solitude, to overwhelm, to consume our thoughts, to sabotage any hope of joy we might have.
When I was going through my heartbreak, a sweet young man read my face like a book. As we were riding to church, he said, "Ms. Jennifer, are you okay? You look sad."
I thought I had it covered. He saw right through it. My heartache showed, my smile couldn't hide it.
Reading faces can be difficult; some hide their pain better than others. But eventually it will show, the burdens and pain will surface in some form, be it physical through sickness, emotional through depression, anxiety, addiction, social through withdrawing from life. All consuming, these burdens, if not dealt with can overtake your life.
I know you have heard this before, but I have to tell you again. Take them to Jesus, every one of them. He is your comrade. He has endured it all; rejection, hatred, betrayal, pain, loss. He has been there. He alone holds ultimate healing. I can truly attest to the fact that without His touch I was doomed to misery; bitter and resentful.
These burdens destroy precious lives and time that can never be regained. Don't allow your burdens room to grow. Release them; they suffocate the joy that is so available through Our Healer. Let them go and allow the joy that is so eager to rise to the top grow to overflowing!
His promises; rest for the weary, peace that passes understanding for the troubled, everlasting water for the thirsty, His spirit to be with you every step you take. He will never leave you or forsake you. No matter what may come, He will carry you through. He wants for you joy, He asks you to bring it all to Him. It is up to you. How will you spend your life? Seek purpose, seek joy, seek Jesus! Your beautiful smile will grow from the inside out!
This is the time of year that a lot of people suffer from seasonal depression. Exercise can help. As we get our heart rates up, we release endorphins, the "feel good hormone." Please incorporate at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise into your schedule 3 to 4 times weekly (5 if possible). Remember your muscles, strength train 3 times weekly.
Also, remember it's flu and cold season, so protect your immune system.
Vitamin C, Vitamin D3 and Probiotics are great for the immune system. Probiotics are found in yogurt with live cultures. The plain nonfat is best, add fruit and eat before bedtime. The calcium content can help you sleep better.
Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep, wash your hands often, eat fruits and vegetables as always. Add onions and garlic to your diet, garlic is nature's antibiotic. Onions are known for their medicinal properties.
Always check with your doctor before starting any exercise or vitamin supplement program.
Live happy! Live strong! Live out loud!
And stay warm!
-- Jennifer Jarrell is a resident of Bedford County, a realtor, and a life coach and personal trainer. She inspires others through motivational speaking, nutritional, physical, and spiritual coaching, camps and group classes. You can reach her at 931-703-0667 or email@example.com.