Remember to seek out joy.
It’s an easy thing to forget. Whether there have been too many days of oppressive heat or gray skies, or the news is full of politicians and their nuclear arms, or your heart is heavy with worry about a loved one, remember to seek out joy. There are a million reasons we forget. We’re busy, life full of appointments and obligations. We have that dentist appointment, and who could be joyful about that? We’re tired. The baby cried all night, or we had a nightmare or a bout of insomnia. There are other things we should be feeling instead: angry, afraid, resigned. Joy isn’t an appropriate response right now.
There’s only one reason to remember joy. Continue reading
I want to be real with you: we never know what’s coming next. That’s true on a personal level. We might get hit by a car, or find out we’re pregnant, or get diagnosed with a fatal disease, or fall in love. Anything could happen at any time.
First, an announcement. After several years of blogging 2-4 times a month, I am shifting my writing practice. I will be moving away from short, frequent posts into a rhythm of longer monthly posts. This will allow me to dig deeper and to balance this blog with the many other writing projects I am engaged in. I hope you enjoy! And now, onto the meat of this post: gratitude.
I understand. It’s hard to be grateful right now. Disasters, whether they are environmental, political, or violent, abound. There is a lot to be afraid of. A lot to be angry about. I, too, am both fearful and enraged in turn.
But I also know that those emotional states are not sustainable. Continue reading