Soaring Through the Clouds (Five-Minute Friday)

It took me a bit to sit down and put something together for this week’s Five-Minute Friday prompt. With the sad news of not one but two people (very near my age) taking their own lives this week, I had trouble feeling creative.

To imagine folks with such sadness and hopelessness is distressing to say the least. Add to this the understanding that there are many folks in the world (statistically someone you know) who are struggling with mental illness on their own who don’t ask for help because they are afraid of the stigma society still attaches to those with anxiety and depression.

I Googled the words fly and depression and found these lyrics to a song by American Christian hip hop artist Lecrae Moore:

Tell depression it can fly away
Tell my doubts that they can die today
I’ma catch me a wave, sail away
Can’t stop me now

If it were only so easy.

If only your troubles could fly away on the wings of a bird but depression isn’t only about troubles. It’s a disease that can strike even when life is good as we have seen from this week’s headlines.

This reminds of another song (music speaks to me, what can I say) this time by Bill Withers:

Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on
You just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand
We all need somebody to lean on


A good friend of mine who has struggled with mental illness explained to me that just having someone to be there for you is a great help. A simple phone call to see how you’re doing. Not to give advice or direction. Just letting them know you are there for them. That they are lived and appreciated for who they are.

I have also had an elderly family member in crisis who needed intervention and help to get the support they needed. Seniors can suffer from mental illness too.

Finally, to my family and friends, heck even folks I only know a little bit, we all need some help sometimes. Things may be looking dark to you right now, maybe you can’t even understand why you feel like you do. Things may be going great or not so great but you can’t shake the darkness or the anxiety you’re feeling.

Call, message, reach out to someone you trust, that you feel comfortable talking to. Lean on them and let them be there for you. If you feel ready, let them help you find the support that you need.

Help is out there. You don’t have to struggle alone.

Remember, we all need somebody to lean on.


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2 thoughts on “Soaring Through the Clouds (Five-Minute Friday)”

  1. ~Karrilee~ says:

    I agree… this week was hard and full of sadness and shock! I don’t know why so many assume celebrity or the wealthy don’t suffer from depression when we know full well that money doesn’t buy happiness. And yet – we seem so shocked when something like this happens to someone we assume ‘should’ be happy. The power of our words and our reaching out is priceless and it changes lives every day… whether we know it or not… and even whether ‘they’ know it or not… it’s that consistent building of a friendship and connection that helps to ease the lie of isolation! Very thoughtful post! Great job!

  2. Gayl says:

    You’re right, we all need someone to lean on and I’m thankful that Jesus is always there even when others are not. I’m also a grandma who loves being with her grandchildren! Blessings to you!

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