“You just need a friend to help you start to socialize in a group,” Annie’s daughter told her.

“You’re right, but who will that be?” Annie asked. “I get nervous when I’m asked to do an activity and I seem to overreact when I just sit in an audience. I feel hopeless.”

“Be kind to yourself. You’ve always been a watcher and now you’re being watched so you don’t know how to act. Maybe you can pretend no one is watching you and you’ll feel better.”

With that advice, Annie first joined a zoom call and listened, rarely speaking except to introduce herself. Then she went to town and pretended she was new in town again and no one knew her or had seen the videos of her. That was a bit of a challenge. Others have minds of their own and have their own actions and reactions.

“I’ll focus on Christ,” Annie whispered.

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