It’s not all roses

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

The world goes up and the world goes down. I picked a bad day to write about happiness, as you likely know, nineteen children were killed in our latest mass shooting at an elementary school. I won’t indulge in the politics on this page, or attempt to address the total madness related to this phenomenon. So instead I’ll address this point. Even in an insane and sometimes terrible world, it’s ok to be happy.

The fact is, somewhere, every single day something happens in the world that is beyond horrific. Whether it’s starvation, disease, war or hatred, it’s always happening somewhere. I’m not suggesting that you not care, or that you become cold and indifferent to the suffering of others. Instead I want you to focus on those closest to you and yourself.

We’ve talked frequently about self-care, about finding simple joys in life, positivity, travel and many other ways to enhance your happiness. But sometimes I think it’s important to just remind people that it’s ok to be happy. You can be troubled by the ills of the world and still do what you need to, to make yourself happy, it’s ok.

So the news may be utter shit, the news may be complete darkness and horror, but you are allowed to be happy, it’s good for you and it’s good for those close to you. So be well my friends and have a happy day. ~ Rev Kane

About Michael Kane

Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His books on hiking and poetry are available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon.
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