People have been asking me a lot recently how I maintain so much joy in the midst of so much suffering in our world. It’s a wonderful question and one I love exploring and being curious about within myself! There is oh so much I could say about this, but here’s a snippet!
I want to be aware enough of the pain in the world that I can be a part of the solution (SOULution!) and live compassionately and in alignment with my values and with the world I have the power to help create.
I want to be aware enough that I can be ever-conscious of my responsibility to be an incredible steward of the gifts I’m given (including the gift of life itself!) – to find ways to use my own blessings to continually and actively contribute, share, and give.
I want to be aware enough that I can use whatever is happening *outside* of me as a mirror to look within myself to see what part of *me* I can grow.
I want to be aware enough that it motivates and inspires, not paralyzes, me to use my life to serve the greater good.
I want to be aware enough that it makes me MORE grateful, MORE loving, MORE able to serve.
And then I *also* want to focus on and CELEBRATE and delight in all of the beauty and goodness that is everywhere I turn! Because I find that, the more I focus on what is good — in people, in nature, in experiences, and in the world (which is also soooooo VERY real), the more inspired I am to help create even more of it, the more I can connect my open heart to the other hearts of the world, the more I can love this world in the way I LOVE loving it (and I believe it so desperately longs to be loved!), the more I can abundantly appreciate everything, the more I can persist in radically believing in and helping to create what’s POSSIBLE, the more I can fuel, grow, and multiply the very things I think will help heal the pain!
I know we all have different ways of responding to the pain of the world, and ohmygolly, I soooo honor your way! Yahoooooo for differences! I truly have no interest in judging anyone — that’s no fun and definitely not helpful! 🙂 I’d much rather spend these INVALUABLE life moments learning from you and being on the same great human team with you and seeing what *I* can do to improve! I know my way isn’t right for everyone, and I think it’s awesome that we get to all respond in whatever ways feel true for us.
Most days, I just want to give this whole world the biggest hug I’ve got. And when I stay connected to my joy, I sure can hug this world a whole lot more! May we all find our own unique ways of turning the pain of the world into something purposeful, of keeping our hearts open, of using challenges as invitations to shine our love and light even more, and of being awake to the magic we have the power to create!
This photo is of me wishing I could give the whole world a hug 😉 and, most certainly of me sending one from my heart to YOU!
So many blessings to all of you and to EVERYONE! <3
“If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.”
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