“Joy comes to us in moments—ordinary moments.” ~ Brene Brown, Daring Greatly
Good morning, thoughts. Let’s wrestle.
I wrote an article yesterday full of big truths I wanted the world to face, in the face of Coronavirus.
People are dying and more will die.
Somehow, I blamed it on positivity, rose-colored glasses, and some people’s belief in a buffoon of a president.
The piece landed with a thud—making me rethink my purpose and passion for truth, as if there’s one.
Yet, I keep insisting, in writing, and in public: juxtaposition demands maturity.
How about me?
The truth is I’m scared.
Sometimes it’s hard to sit with Fear, harder than Grief—and she’s a bitch.
Grief is yesterday. Fear is tomorrow.
Hope lives today on behalf of tomorrow, despite fear.
Because I believed, affirmed, and read The Secret and Awaken the Giant Within and still landed on my ass, I wanted to disavow all that.
But, last night, while distracting myself from myself with the TV, I caught Garth Brooks being honored with the Gershwin Prize on PBS.
He played “The Dance” and damn, I’m glad I didn’t know the way it all would go.
That’s the truth I’m afraid of. Not knowing.
I didn’t know when I went to St. Louis for a Hall & Oates concert, I was going to fall in love, and for a moment, he would be my king.
I’m glad I didn’t know he’d die in his sleep.
I didn’t know when I came to Ohio to stay with my sis, I’d live with her, love it, and get to pursue my writing dream, for seven years! It’s been the best thing.
Life is juxtaposition. We must decide how we’ll face it.
“You plan and God laughs” doesn’t mean he’s laughing at us. There’s a bigger picture.
Sometimes I’ll go for a party and find sacred love, go for a summer and find a home.
Heck, I couldn’t even know when I opened the curtains this morning, a pink cotton-candy sky would drop into baby blue like a kiss from above, “This is for you.”
Sure, there are facts. Wash your hands!
There are fears. Hello, humanity.
But through it all, I’ve met the crazy, grand mystery.
Good within bad, bad within good, and only because I’ve called them so.
Today, I surrender to the not knowing how it all will go.
But believing in beauty, I’m still dancing.