My Monster and Me He goes where I go. He sees what I see. Then he tells me to do things that just aren’t me. I know what I ought to do. I know what would make me free. But my monster he sees things much differently. Continue reading My Monster and Me
17 years later. I can still remember the way I felt sitting in my high school classroom, wondering where our world was headed. 17 years later, I’m still asking the same questions. Continue reading Remember
I’m here to listen. Continue reading World Suicide Prevention Day
Do you ever feel like you obsess in the smallest things ?
It’s like we’ve put on a pair of microscope glasses. Continue reading Microscope Glasses
Do you ever find yourself sucked into an un-winnable argument?
Sure, it seems innocent enough. You start exchanging points with someone, counter a few of their arguments with some of your own. Continue reading Planet-Sized Arguments
There is a certain shame in anxiety, especially if you are a Christian. If God is all-powerful and Jesus is always with us, why are we entrapped in fear and anxiety and depression or any other internal mental problem we might have? We must not believe in Jesus that strongly, right? If we did, we wouldn’t have anxiety; we wouldn’t worry about things like we … Continue reading The Shame of Anxiety
Austin Kleon is my favorite. I don’t hide this very well. .@austinkleon is on vacation from his blog, and I'm severely deprived of content. — Robert R. Fike (@robfike) July 31, 2018 He has produced several books that have changed my life as an artist and creator for the better. Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work are really why I talk at all … Continue reading Active Reading in the Margins
It’s been a strange few days. After I wrote a piece about my anxiety story I was reminded of a man in ministry who took his own life recently. I remembered hearing about it, through little blips on my social media feed, but I had not paid much attention to it myself. Yes, it was sad. Yes, it was close. But it was not close enough. Or maybe it was, and I was too busy to notice and now I had written something so close to that core to be almost comedic.
After that, I took to the internet. In looking for an article about the incident, I stumbled upon what google was showing us: there is a problem, even among Pastors. Continue reading “Depression, Suicide, and Our World”
Many of us doubt ourselves or believe that what we’ve accomplished is overrated or our accolades unwarranted. I know for myself, a lot of things that I’ve done in my life aren’t special. They don’t feel that way to me, while maybe if I were to share those things, people would disagree with that assessment. Elizabeth Cox touches on this in her Ted-Ed talk about … Continue reading Imposter Syndrome