How To Be Honest: I’m having a hard week. But I am still having beautiful moments.

Dec 16, 2010 by

How To Be Honest: I’m having a hard week. But I am still having beautiful moments.

No one, but NO ONE is immune to pain, suffering, and difficulty in life. Even if you are feeling happy, hopeful, and trouble free, it goes without saying that at some point in time, trouble will come knocking at your door. This is a natural experience in life, and we would do well to face it with honesty.

It is also natural in time of difficulty, to retreat from the very things that sustain us: like love, joy, and gratitude. Like our animal ancestors, we have the instinct to find a dark and lonely corner in a cave, and lick our wounds. “Tomorrow,” we tell ourselves, “tomorrow when I feel better, I will come back to gratitude. I will return to joy. I will reach out and connect with those I love. When I feel better, I will laugh again. I will smile Photo credit Valli Kelleragain. I will listen to the birds singing outside my window and feel joy.” We feel that we will be capable of receiving support, worthy of receiving goodness, when the trouble has passed.

But why wait? The birds are singing right now. Your friend is waiting for you to call so they can help you feel better. And the brilliant light of the sun is shining on innumerable reasons to feel grateful.

Photo Credit Valli Keller

Lauren Rosenfeld is the author of Your To Be List

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1 Comment

  1. Eve forcinel

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder not to hide and “Lick our wounds” and ignor those around us. I have had such a week and have struggled just to answer the phone. I am better because I did take those calls and was honest with my friends saying “I am a little undone”. Of course after conversation and getting out the sun shone again. We all need uplifted and we must not forget that we are also needed to uplift. thank you Lauren for the sunshine and the beautiful photography Valli.