Every day we have a choice. Choose joy, or sorrow.
Even in the depths of despair, we have this choice.
I have been at the lowest of my low, in a space where I’d given up on life in so many ways, and still I knew, it was up to me to make this choice.
There are times when it can be the hardest choice you have to make – when staying stuck in the pain and the sorrow, the fear and the anger, seems so much easier.
I think there are times like this that we use our fear and anger to protect us from more hurt. Whether we are lashing out at the world or retreating from it, we are hiding, because we’re scared of more pain.
Here’s what I have to say to that. You can run, but you can’t hide. =) (Insert devilish grin here!) Sounds cliche but, oh, so true. Pain, change, death, are all part of life. We cannot avoid it.
Do you see the darkness, or do you look for the light?
Living in the pain and sorrow, and choosing to stay there, is robbing you from the opportunities around you to experience joy.
This is not to say we should not express our sorrow, because that is vital. The only way to get past it, is to go through it.
But, even as we are working through our pain and sorrow, I have found it is always possible to experience joy – in the simplest ways! Sometimes the simple things become magnified, in fact, in this space.
I know it’s hard, trust me, I do. I could be standing in a field of lilies and only see the weeds around me.
But again, this is where we make the choice.
Choose to see that the beauty of life is still happening around you. LOOK for it, ask for it, investigate the world around you for it – make it the scavenger hunt of your life every day to find beauty and joy.
It will make the pain feel less like it has taken you over. It’ll put that pain back in it’s place – as a PART of your life experience, not ALL of your life experience.
Even a tree, empty of it's leaves, can be beautiful sight, in the light of winter.
Today, I choose joy.
How ‘bout you?!
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