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Listen When You Need It Most …

Anxiety, stress, depression or grief periodically would have you believe the weight of what you’re holding is too much to carry; that you will break if you dare to begin to release what sits so heavy on your soul.

Don’t listen to it. Don’t allow yourself to question your own strength when things get challenging to deal with; but also don’t let it keep you silent when you need help the most. Those round you are ready with broad shoulders, love and a reminder of all that’s good and worthy — all that’s uniquely you.

Poem by Molly from Transatlantic Notes called ’Listen When You Need It Most’: “Do not believe the whispers. Do not fear the cascade. Let it roar fierce and shifting. Let it rumble on and fade. Know that it returns sometimes. Know that you can survive. You are made of forests green. You are lush and will thrive. Listen when you need it most. Listen when kindness flows. Root yourself in gifted love. Root yourself where it grows. It’s there that it will quiet. It’s there where you can breathe. You’ll find the sunlight shining. You’ll find your own reprieve.”

I composed this poem as I work through my own anxiety; caring for my husband, my greatest love as he battles through late-stage cancer is relentlessly heartbreaking. Every so often it becomes a little harder to remember that joy and beauty are always present. So many of us feel like this for numerous reasons; whatever you’re going through, these words are for you.


Further Info:

NAMI Helpline – a free, nationwide U.S. resource that offers experienced peer-support guidance and advice

CheckPoint – global (by country) resources for mental health support

How To Cope With Anxiety – Healthline

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33 thoughts on “Listen When You Need It Most …”

  1. This was really exceptionally beautiful and made me feel a little more safe, anxiety’s been getting the better of me lately, it’s nice to remember I’m not alone in those feelings

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this heart felt post ♥️ I have struggled with anxiety since the age of 11 and it is no easy task. But when I started being open about my flaws and accepting the love and help from others, I began to heal and find healthy coping mechanisms. Sending you lots of love!

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  3. I am so glad you shared your experiences with anxiety- that takes bravery and it is amazing you are being vocal about it – we need to break the stigma. I am sure others struggling with anxiety will find it comforting. I love the poem you have written – it is very calming.

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  4. I understand you completely. I struggle with anxiety often, especially since my mom died. Thank you for sharing with us this wonderful poem 💜💛💜💛💜💛

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  5. Very raw, honest, and beautiful. I can relate so closely, as can anyone who has been through this. Thank you for your openess.

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  6. Thank you for sharing this. Writing it’s always a good outlet, it does help you a lot to process what you are feeling and transform it into something different and sometimes better. Keep going!

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  7. Beautiful words! Sending strength as you deal with anxiety and your loved one’s illness. I hope you remember your own words when you need them…I will. Thank you x

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  8. You are being surrounded in love through these days, Molly. Thank you for sharing this beautiful, hopeful and heart-felt poem. We keep you both in our prayers, always.

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  9. I love your poem. It’s so important to talk about depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses to break the stereotypes.

    All the best from South Africa, Michelle (michellesclutterbox.com)

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