"This is a terrifying time to be an American"
That was the subject line of recent email I received. No, it was not from the team at Obvious HQ, Inc., but it might as well have been. The sheer volume of bad news, scary news, unbelievable news is so heavy I am constantly at odds with wanting to be a well-informed citizen of the world and longing for a full-time residency on the set of "Little House on the Prairie"! That said, odds are good if the internet existed in the time of Laura Ingalls Wilder there would probably be just as much bad to go with the good. But, maybe not.
This beautiful world of ours is a messy place and humans are at times both horrible slobs and agents of unspeakable acts of grace and kindness.
I have come to realize that it is up to me to daily make time for the things that open up space within and around my life so that I am capable of comprehending and discussing the heartbreaks and tragedy right alongside the beauty and impossibility of everyday miracles. To that end, I actively seek out things that bring me joy, ground me and deliver moments of happiness pure and without strings attached. Hiking with the dogs, baking, letting hours roll by reading or simply sitting in silence while contemplating every damn thing I am grateful for.
There is no happy ending to every story and unfortunately the cinematic landscape of narratives we consume too often leads us to believe there will be. What I know is that happiness can be found moment to moment and I am as much a participant in creating it as I am in receiving and enjoying it. Wherever your happy place is I encourage you to get there - and often! It is not selfish, by taking care of you, you are taking care of the world around you and that done often enough by enough people on a regular basis might just lead to a new headline in our future: "This is a magnificent time to be alive".