One of the things that has repeatedly astonished me is how good and bad can occupy places in our lives, not just consecutively or one after the other, but side-by-side.
Joy. Sorrow. Love. Pain. Satisfaction. Heartbreak. Elation. Agony.
Sometimes they occupy even the same moments.
Here’s what I want you to know:
Celebrating the positive things, the love, the joy, the good things in our lives doesn’t invalidate the negative things.
It doesn’t mean we’re pretending that the negative doesn’t exist, or that we’re refusing to face reality. (I suppose it can, if we are also refusing to acknowledge the existence of those negative things, but that’s not what I’m getting at).
It’s not a cure-all, trite answer to depression. This is not about being the proverbial Polyanna.
Celebrating the positive things in our lives can lessen the load of the negative. Distract us from our fears. Counter the effects of our anxieties. For some reason, the negative things that bring us grief are easier to remember on a moment-by-moment basis.
So take a moment.
This is short. Give it some thought:
Identify at least 2 people in your life that you are grateful for.
Identify the things in your life that you wouldn’t trade for anything. These might not be things you can touch and hold, or even purchase.
Identify what you have right now that makes you smile. Tangible or intangible.
Identify 2 things you can do today that will make you smile.
After you have your answers, pick one and post about it on Facebook and tag @Lora’s Weighted Blankets