if you keep running from your problems, they’ll keep chasing you.

words & photo by me

if you keep running from your problems,
they’ll keep chasing you.

they like the game you try to play,
but only because they’re better at it,
and they know they’ll always win.

if you continue to ignore what causes you pain,
your suffering will only become worse.
it will weigh heavy on your mind.
it will burden your every waking thought.

you'll eventually be consumed
by the very shadow you hope to hide yourself in.

you will become haunted
by your fear of further suffering.

stop looking over your shoulder.
put and end to your panic, worry and fear.
confront each difficulty as it arises,
and you will rest easy
knowing you did all that you could.

dealing with your troubles
in the moment they arise
builds your self-confidence
and strengthens your ability
to react more decisively in the future,
it cancels out the struggle that's born from your hesitancy,
it frees you from the stressful weight of your burdens.

your problems are like loose leaves
sitting at the bottom of a pot of tea.
if they soak too long, they’ll become bitter,
and their overbearing strength will overpower
the subtle yet sumblime taste of your redemption.

brian thompson