I do not like elevators. When I enter an elevator I feel closed in and anxious. I know I am not the only person who feels this anxiety. One elevator a day is more than enough for me.
I discovered that I do not have anxiety in every elevator. I feel anxious in elevators that are completely closed to the outside world. If I enter an elevator that has a view to the outside of the building I feel no anxiety. I am totally calm. The elevator can even stop between floors and I am fine.
The perspective we have during our day to day reality really does impact our level of anxiety. When people like me who do not like elevators find one that has a view we are fine. No view to the outside equals anxiety.
Everyone feels some level of anxiety during their day. All of us eventually feel closed in and anxious. Everyone has their “elevator a day.” One’s “elevator” may be public speaking, traffic, doctor’s visits or just leaving home. It is when we are going into our “elevator a day” that we must look beyond our immediate environment for relief.
Someone described faith as “opening the window of the soul in God’s direction.”
I agree! Opening our soul in God’s direction when our “elevator a day” appears before us is our daily cure for anxiety.
Each day will have its “elevator.” Open the window of faith and you will win the battle one day at a time.