I often wonder why it is taking me so long to read through this book and then, in my quiet time on a rando Sunday morning, I am reminded. It is because every time I pick it up, she violently slams me with some truth. As if 25-ish years ago Sark looked into the future and said to herself, “Let’s see how I can blow Beth’s mind Sunday 10/29/2023.” Her weapon of choice this morning:
“I am often seduced by the struggle…
I am used to the effort,
and sometimes confused by the joy.”
I said recently that while I am trying to reduce the amount of unnecessary procrastination I allow in my life, there is a part of me that finds a rush in the creativity of mastering something under the loom of a way-to-close-for-comfort deadline. As a single, working, mom of 3, who often found herself doing life the hard way, I have learned that struggle and survival often are accompanied by that same rush.
Much of my growth over the last few years has been sorting out the paradigm shift that occurs when thriving, not just surviving, becomes the mission. It’s a beautifully, terrifying, mysterious shift to move away from allowing struggle to be centerstage and instead seek out and call on joy. Intentionally and as often as possible. Maybe the joy is confusing because it seems out of place in the survival of things, but in reality, I believe the opposite perspective to be true. Joy belongs and is an imperative part of conquering the struggle.
If we focus on understanding our joy and allowing it more often, we find that the scales tip and confusion begins to give way to confidence, generosity, courage… wholeness.
On this gorgeous Sunday, here is what I want for you. Find one small thing that brings you joy and do it. Let it wash over you in as many of your senses as possible and commit those sensations to memory. As they work their way to the surface again, you will recognize and allow the joy more openly.
Practicing joy. That is your mission today! Every single time you do, light expands.
This blog is a personal collection of my thoughts, wins, losses, memories, and crossroad moments. Almost all of which were hashed out around my kitchen counter and in my journals. If any of it resonates with you and you are ready to empower your inner badass and move into your Next with confidence, I can help. It’s time… Click the link and Let’s chat.