As we see a tree that has fallen in a forest, over time a variety of vines and moss cover it.  Making the tree beautiful in ways it has never been.  The brown bark becomes covered with renewed beauty.  Sure, the tree no longer fills the forest ceiling with leaves that blow effortlessly in the wind, but now it has a renewed life adding beauty to the forest floor.

Fallen Tree

Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.
Romans 12:12 HCSB

In contemplating this, I consider my past and the struggles I had with social anxiety disorder.  I felt so alone and afraid for many years.  I was broken.  But in looking back, I now see the beauty in this brokenness.  The friend who was there for me.  The loving home I grew up in.  My ability to have faith and keep pressing forward.  Had I not gone through the struggles with social anxiety, I wouldn’t be writing this blog.  I am certain I would not be the person I am today.

The brokenness brought beauty into my life.  Even though it was difficult all the times I felt I couldn’t keep going, I did somehow.  And to my complete amazement, I recently went on live television to help people find out more about social anxiety disorder.  Never in my life would I have imagined that I would be on television – let alone talking so openly about the secret pain I held so close for so many years.

When you are struggling, look for something positive in your life.  What brings you peace?  Maybe it’s something simple like a hug from a friend.  Or maybe you feel peaceful when you are journaling because you know you can be completely forthcoming with your sadness, frustration and even anger.  When you are writing down your feelings, you can release them right onto the paper.  And, as you keep writing, eventually you will start to see that there is some joy in your life.  There will be signs that show you that you can survive.  You will overcome.  Even if you are broken, like a fallen tree in a forest, remember you are beautiful.

Sending you my love,




Lisa is passionate about helping people to discover and live their best life. As a life and career coach, Lisa thrives on building solid, trusting emotional connections and being a positive advocate and accountability partner for you. Her coaching certifications and tools along with her personal and professional experiences result in a coaching experience that can help stressed out, overwhelmed clients to experience the joy and life satisfaction that Lisa now experiences. As an author, speaker and educator, Lisa speaks from the heart. Her engaging and inspirational style motivates people to continually grow and learn. She shares her personal struggles with anxiety and extreme stress openly and honestly while encouraging people of all ages to seek help.


  1. Jenny /Reply

    Lisa, Thank you for being so brave to share your story on television. Since your airing I have had the feeling of, a little relief and a lot of hope. I have been able to feel like I am a little more “normal” then I thought. I have let this disorder control my life for the past 8 years and you now have given me a starting point on my road to recovery. Thank you again.

    1. Lisa Klarner /Reply

      Hi Jenny, thanks for much for your comment. You are definitely not alone and what you are going through is something many people are struggling with. Stay positive and dedicated to your recovery and life will get better. There is hope!


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