So much of what I and others share with each other is full of joy, as it should be. I was reminded by a message I received yesterday that it is sometimes important to also share the darker side of your life as well because we all experience that, even the happiest of us. I have three very close friends who have lost loved ones to suicide. I feel honoured that they have felt safe enough over the years to share both their depression and their sadness with me. It provides me with the opportunity to remind them that our love and friendship is unconditional. It provides them with a safe place to just be. It reminds all of us that we need others in our life who can not only make us laugh but who can love us even in our dark times.
I was also reminded yesterday that I can not be responsible for another person's happiness. I was reminded not to compare my life to anyone else's and to take charge of each day and make it the best it can be. Over the last few years I have read a lot about living my life with intention and learning to stay in the moment. I have many great friends who I can discuss these ideas with and a great family who models this in their own day to day lives. We've all heard the words, living in the moment, and understand the concept but it's another shift completely to practice it day to day. I have let go of relationships with people who make me feel bad about myself and have nurtured those relationships with people who bring positivity into my world. Sometimes though, my own worst enemy has been myself and I make it a point each day to say kind things to myself. I have learned to meditate and this has made a world of difference as well. The practice of meditation, and trust me - it takes practice, calms my busy mind and brings quiet to my soul.
I count my blessings daily and there are many to count. I have a full, rich life and this is no accident. I read. I share. I listen to others. I take risks. I accept (okay, I'm learning to accept) my mistakes and flaws as just part of who I am. I am striving to be a better person one moment at a time. Sadness did come. It stayed til the wee hours of the morning when I told it quietlly but firmly that it was time to go. Today is a new day. I am grateful to have it. I am grateful for the people in it. I am grateful that I live in a part of the world where I can decide what I do with this day, who I spend it with and where I go. Yesterday I chose sadness.