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“It’s an ethical obligation to look for hope; it’s an ethical obligation not to despair.  If you look, there is always a possibility of finding a place where action can change the course of things. ” ~Tony Kushner

While I might be one of the most intense and introspective people I know, I am also someone who believes that life is worth living and light will prevail regardless of how dark life feels.  I believe in the future even as thunderbolts are within striking distance.  After each and every storm, a new light dawns.

Within life there are many potential gifts and challenges that touch our lives at any given moment.  Our world is surrounded with both external and internal factors that empower us to embrace life and all she offers.  For me, embracing life is not an option.  The question is finding the actions in life that will allow me to do my part to repair the world  and to honor my soul with each step.

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Sometimes it is hard to trust that light and rainbows come after the falling rain, but they do.  Most of us find a way to embrace life even after devastation; it isn’t easy.  It doesn’t happen quickly, but it can happen.  Minutes turn into days, days into weeks, weeks into months, months into years. . . .  One day, without knowing, a story makes you smile; you find comfort in a sweet thought, and maybe laughter can emerge from your heart again. On another day, you might be able to start taking steps to live outside of your darkness.  It might start when you hold open the door for someone in the grocery store and than find yourself smiling because even though they are in obvious discomfort, they are smiling at you and thanking you for your help.

Life has thrown me a few hardballs that knocked me down.  I have faced intense loss and intense physical/emotional pain; I have also wanted to curl up into a ball and ignore the world around me.  Regardless of how covered in muck I have become, I have ultimately been able to find joy in the face of strangers and friends alike.  Animals and nature remind me that when I can’t deal with people, there is a whole other world that craves my attention.  With each hardball that I experience, I am awed my the possibilities that often follow.

With each step I take, I know that there is a huge world out there that is calling my name.  I always have a choice about how I walk through the mud or the hard, dry sand alike; the choice is always mine.  Sometimes I need to lick my wounds and other times I need get up and save the world.  Years ago, I saw the following words on the front of a Yoga Journal magazine:

Connect with yourself; Connect with the Community; Connect with the World

This one motto is a great reminder of how I want and need to walk through the world.  There is time for me to take care of myself, time for me to do my part within the community, and there are times that I need to be remembering that I am part of a larger world.  When I remember these realities, I can also remember that hope surrounds me as long as I actively live in the world.  Giving up is not optional; believing in hope is!

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