We knew it would happen like this, didn’t we? The hyped-up election ended in a hyped-up too-close-to-call non-result. It will be days, if not weeks, before we have a definitive outcome, so the incessant screaming for our attention continues unabated.
I feel like I’m in a metal bucket and someone is pounding it with a 2 X 4.
Our options for doing anything about it are limited. We can vote (you did vote, didn’t you?) or raise our voice. We can be kind to others and we can count our blessings. Beyond that, everything else is outside our circle of influence.
It can be frustrating to feel so limited in our options.
Choose joyful moments
The daily news media magnifies fear and anger as strongly as possible. It takes great strength (or shutting the damn thing off) to keep clear of the rampant emotional manipulation. The daily bombardment of tragic events, dire outcomes, and the evil “other,” strips our lives of joy and meaning.
Brené Brown, in her now-classic book, The Gifts of Imperfection, speaks of scarcity and the fear of the dark. These are the things that get in the way of gratitude and joy.
She says, “I believe a joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together by trust, gratitude, inspiration and faith.”
I love that. Joyful moments.
I invite you to adopt Brené Brown’s approach toward joyful moments. In her book, she described her Friday blogs as using that quote to remind herself of “what I’m Trusting, what I’m Grateful for, what Inspires me, and how I’m practicing my Faith.” TGIF.
Here’s my list:
what I’m Trusting: I trust that what I need will be provided. I need help with cleaning my gutters, my neighbor shows up with his leaf blower and handles it for me. I need to know how to do something, a blog post lands in my inbox explaining how. I have been so blessed with serendipity for the past few years that I am certain my needs will be met. I can trust it.
what I’m Grateful for: I’m grateful for family and friends that are at the other end of a phone line or Zoom call. I’m grateful for my darling little home in the woods. I’m grateful for my kitty cats that give me snuggles and keep me well entertained. I’m grateful for crochet and opportunities to engage my creativity. I’m grateful for the resources already provided and the blessings yet to come.
what Inspires me: Right now, it’s my sister, Bex. She ditched a job that was sucking her life force, sold the house and dispersed all the stuff that the energy-depleting job was paying for, and is launching a life free of obligations. She will winter in the Virgin Islands. I’m proud of her for getting clear on her desires and for reordering her life. I’m inspired by her courage.
how I’m practicing my Faith: I donate food to the Free Little Pantry to help those who are hungry. I am diligent about recycling (even when I have to sort everything and haul it myself to the recycle center). I took on the website duties for my church. To me, faith is a verb. Actions speak louder than words.
Now it’s your turn. Let’s walk together away from the noise. Please comment below and share your TGIF or joyful moment.