The one thing that gave me joy today...
Back in the '80s when humor such as Gary Larson was at its best, I purchased a notepad that had a cartoon character on it that was irreverent. I bought it and kept it at my desk at work to get me through those moments when things, well, suck (there is no other way to put that). The notepad had a cartoon drawing of a guy with a hat that was of a live animal. The caption read, "I think I'll drop out of society and wear live animals for hats." The humor was Larson-esque, but not really Larson's. It was my own little private way of 'escaping'.
These past few months has presented us with a series of what seems to be an endless unfolding of quite sucky events. To the point of feeling constantly overwhelmed. But, I know that this is not unique to us. So many in this country are facing far worse than we are. And, I know that it definitely could be worse. It's just that, well, sometimes you reach those points where you can't take it anymore, but it comes anyway.
We have found that what we keep reaching for to keep us moving forward and getting through it all is simply,
Grateful that it isn't worse. Grateful for what we do have. Grateful for all those things in life that aren't things. We grab those moments, those things that aren't things and hold on tight to them.
Take for instance, today. Do you know what gave me joy today? Working on my shrine for the Street Children of Oaxaca. This is my third year doing this grass roots on line auction charity project. The collective hope is to lessen poverty through education. It was sheer bliss to finally get some time to work on it and I can't wait to get it done! It gave me joy in putting this creation together. I like it so much that it will be a wee bit hard to let it go, but it is not meant to be mine. All of us who participate in this project make all of our creations with a lot of love, tenderness and positive energy. I never know what the end product will look like as the shrine and the doll takes a life of its own as I go along. I will say that I am excited. Excited, too, in knowing that this project has a positive and profound impact on the street children of Oaxaca. So, that's what gave me joy today.
And, for that I am grateful.