Why you shouldn’t hide in your closet
Do you want to hide in your closet? Do you want to avoid a situation? Do you want to turn out the light in your closet and sit with your back against the wall? You can hide behind your long coats, pull your knees to your chest and pretend you are a shadow.
When you are a shadow the situation you are avoiding doesn’t exist. Your problem is suspended in time for a few minutes.
I want to be a shadow today.
But I won’t hide today. I know better. I know why I shouldn’t hide in my closet.
1. The problem doesn’t go away.
The problem you are avoiding by being a shadow will still be there when you come out of hiding.
2. The problem becomes bigger.
When you went into the closet to hide, your problem was the size of a pebble in your mind. When you come out of your closet the problem has grown to the size of a boulder. Pebbles are easier to fix than boulders.
3. Isolation makes the shadows darker.
When you isolate yourself from friends you feel alone in a dark world. But, you are not alone.
4. You can not see the sunshine in a closet.
Sunshine chases away the shadows and brings hope. You can not see the sun in a dark closet.
I know I am not completely hidden. There is one who can see me in a closet with the lights out and the door closed.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
And to Him I pray, “Please help me take a sledge hammer to the boulder’s I have created in my mind. Please help me be brave and unafraid.”
Excuse me, I have to go and take a sledge hammer to a few boulders I have left laying around the house. I have a couple of boulders in my basement, a boulder of paperwork on my desk, two laundry tubs full of boulders, and an unfinished manuscript boulder.
What do you do when you want to hide in your closet? Do you hide or use a sledgehammer?
Please tell me in the comments. I would love to chat.
About Pamela Hodges
My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.