For your consideration…..

Without a doubt there are a lot of people walking around with heavy baggage. Our message today is:

“Don’t let your joy be marred.”

It is easy for those with an open joyful heart to feel other’s pain and/or anger. It is a thin line between empathy and taking that pain and/or anger unto ourselves. We are being cautioned today not to do that.

It may seem like misery likes company. But that is a myth. Whether they know it or not, those with the misery need our joy and love more than anything else. Letting our joy be marred not only hurts ourselves, it robs others of it as well.

Staying in the energy of our joy is a way service. It is a gift we give to others whether intentionally or not. Our joy is self-prolific. It spreads with its own wild abandon. Safeguard it. Protect it.

That is the HOPE. And so it is.

Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take……

-Meditate….return to your safe and peaceful place at least once a day.

-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths.

-Drink lots of water.

-Journal or at least stop and give pause to what brings you joy.

What made me smile yesterday……

-Some students who have made an amazing turn around.

-Geography….thinking about all of the places I have been and where I may still go…...HOPEfully sooner rather than later.

-Warmer temps but not enough to take all of the snow away.

-The sun.

Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris


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