How I Maintain Joy When the World is Suffering

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…