I very recently became a fan. I’ve had an anxiety disorder since my early teens, but this year due to a combination of factors, I became more seriously ill than ever before.
One problem was that Anxiety and panic attacks prevented me from sleeping at night. That was Until I came across your portrayal of Joseph whilst browsing through YouTube. I started listening to the soundtrack to help me sleep at night. Listening to your beautiful voice and taking in the plot kept my mind occupied. The thoughts that had me panicking couldn’t come to the fore and I would drift off to sleep much more easily.
I would like to thank you for that! I now watch or listen to it every time I’m starting to feel stressed and ur rained myself to associate the show (and your voice!) with calm and comfort. It was a real help to me. By being able to sleep again I was able
To start recovering and building myself up to a better level.
When you were really suffering, what tricks did you employ to help you manage certain tasks? And did prayer and reflection come in to play a lot for you during these times? Was it your faith that helped keep you afloat through the harder times? Did the bad days ever cause you to question your faith? Do you consider those days a test for you? Or did you feel, that no matter how hard things were, God was always present to comfort you and keep your strength up?
Thank you so much! I’m sorry this was so long winded!
First, thank you for your kind remarks. I am glad that my playing Joseph had something to do with your ability to manage such a potentially debilitating ailment. It is actually a little weird, isn’t it? that as it turned out, my playing Joseph and the growing feeling that I had to be perfect each performance that contributed to some of my difficulty. I can see how growing up on stage and feeling the pressure to deliver prime performances every time contributed to my difficulty. It really helped when I came to that understanding.
It sounds to me like you have pretty much discovered the “trick” that has helped me, and that is to simply learn to shift my mind to a positive perspective, something pleasant enough take my mind off the things that may be causing anxious feelings. Of course, as I have gotten older, I have surely come to accept the fact that I am not, and do not have to be, perfect.
My faith, also really helped me, though for a time, I wondered why my prayers were not being answered. I have come to know that God gives each of us challenges to overcome, maybe to keep us humble and learn to rely on the love and forgiveness of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It has also become clear to me that a part of the divine plan is to help us grow, to become stronger, which, of course is facilitated by the challenges we face.
Furthermore, I have a deep conviction, in what we call the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I gives me a great deal of peace knowing that there is a divine plan which is clearly defined in the true gospel and that I am doing my best to stay on the path that will lead to eternal success and a fullness of joy with my dear Debbie and family. The basic principles of the gospel are as taught in the scriptures are: “
“…First, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Pearl of Great Price | Articles of Faith 1:4)
Most in this world do not understand the wonder of the gift of the Holy Ghost, but along with the offer to reveal the truth to us, it also offers the peace that you and I have oft longed for. I have come to rely a great deal on that comfort, that peace.
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (New Testament | John 14:26 – 27)
If you would like to know more, just let me know and I’d be more than happy to help.