Finding Joy in the Darkness

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A moment of pure joy.

This is what it feels like to be with someone who has known you since middle school – who knows your dreams, your struggles, your heart, and who always has your back.

Yesterday we got away from the heavy things happening in the world, and looked for simple joy and wonder at the Oregon coast. The day before, my best friend had been randomly attacked by someone driving down the road because she has a rainbow sticker on her car. The person screamed horrible, hateful things at her until she pulled off of the road.

What provokes people these days to be so outwardly and boldly hateful to others? This is a person who has spent her life helping others. Having a rainbow sticker on her car made her deserving of hate speech and threats?  The climate we are living in is causing this infection to spread and become more direct and vile. She was shaken up, but otherwise is okay.

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So much hatred, over this sticker.

We decided getting away for the day was the way to go and it was the right choice. We found agates, jasper, barking sea lions, and even these giant floating whales. Everywhere we walked, we found treasure and yes, so many heart signs that I lost count.

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I want to encourage you to take time away from whatever is weighing on you and look for joy in the simple and unexpected.

Call or write the person who gets you and spend some time catching up. If you don’t have that person, and many people don’t, comment here or message me. Talk about something good you saw or experienced, instead of just repeating the bad things happening around us.

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Let’s share more of what we see that makes us smile, or gives us a glimmer of hope, and create our own joy. How can we put more love out into the world, to minimize the random hatred and darkness that’s causing people to act like monsters?
We can change the tide if we try. Keep sharing the good. Keep being the good and showing others how we should be treating one another. This is how we lift one another up and keep going. ❤️💛💚💙💜

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It’s Okay to Be Different

 

It’s okay to not be doing what everyone else is doing. It’s okay to not want the same things everyone else wants. It’s okay to live your life in the way that feels right to you.

Judgement, bullying, and responding to others without hearing what they’re saying is easy via social media. It makes us feel small and defeated. More of us feel like we are alone in the world than ever before.

We want to fit in and be accepted, and trying to make that happen in a world that screams for conformity forces our emotions down. It creates overwhelming emptiness, and a disconnect from our true feelings.

It causes us to create relationships based on false realities. This is one reason why we can so easily talk over and dismiss others. When you’re disconnected, you don’t empathize with others. You are able to name call, mock, and decide who is or isn’t worthy in your eyes. We need to change this, starting with ourselves.

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In this moment, quiet the voices around you. Tune out your to-do list, the television, the voice in your head telling you you’re not good enough. Give yourself the gift of ten minutes of “me time”. You don’t need to check your email or to see how many people liked your last post, to be happy or fulfilled. Just breathe and enjoy the moment. Think about something that gives you joy.

It’s not about buying things. It isn’t about promotions, money, or even control. It’s about listening to your gut and your heart. It’s about getting back to the wonder of simple things. It’s about what you tell yourself you don’t have time for in your daily life. Ask yourself this – What you would do if you didn’t have to worry about a paycheck? How would you invest the time you have on this planet?

That is your path, and it’s what we neglect when we get caught up in the expectations of our daily life. What would happen if you chose to slow down? To get off of the fast track? What if you let yourself play more? Rest more? Breathe and laugh more?

It’s okay to be different. We are caught up in the cycle of what we are told is acceptable, but when we quiet that voice, and tune into our inner calling, we find happiness. True joy and fulfillment lives there.

Be different. Be gloriously imperfect. Embrace it and let your light shine. The world is waiting to love you, just as you are.