Hello there! How have your winter holidays been going? Do you celebrate? I do, and mine have been both full of fun and very tiring. This evening I’ve been enjoying some quiet time to rest and reflect.
This blog post was inspired by my friend over at Spinster Jane. She found a prompt that asked her to list 10 sorrows, and changed it into 5 joys instead. I began to wonder: could I even come up with 10 sorrows? It got me pondering, and I decided to morph the prompt into my own thing: a list of 5 sorrows and 5 joys. Here goes.
1. I’m sad that the odds are I will outlive many of the people I love the most. I’m 45 years old, and when you get to a certain age, it becomes obvious that people you care about in the older generation won’t be around as long as you might wish. I feel deep sorrow about that.
2. I miss my friend Jenn, who died last year. I wish we’d had more time together and that we’d done more fun things before she got sick. Guess I’m still grieving.
3. When people I love are sad or upset or unhappy. That’s a big sorrow. I’m an empath, so actually anyone suffering is disturbing. But it’s especially sad when it’s someone I care about.
4. I feel sorrow for the way we human beings (collectively) treat our lovely planet Earth.
5. I hold sorrow for those who feel that they have no hope, no future, no chance of joy.
Side note: Reading back over what I’ve written so far, it’s curious to me that money issues didn’t even make the sorrow list. It’s something I fret about at times, but hey, I have a roof over my head, good food to eat, and warm clothing. So truly, I have what I need in that regard. Interesting.
1. My family is such a great joy to me. I have so many loving, caring, funny, creative, and interesting people in my extended clan. I’m blessed, that way.
2. Expressing my creativity is one of my most treasured joys. Whether I’m writing, making art, drumming, dancing, brainstorming new ideas, or a bunch of other stuff I can’t think of right now, being creative is really a blast.
3. Being outdoors in nature brings great joy to my soul.
4. My spirituality is another cherished aspect of my joy. While I tend to describe my spirituality as Pagan, the particular practices and beliefs that I hold dear are unique to me, and ever-changing. I love that.
5. Cats and books. Yeah, that’s two. So what? It’s my interpretation of the game. Cats and books are guaranteed to make me smile, even on the most difficult of days.
So there you have it. Now it’s your turn. Pass it on! Write up your own sorrows and joys, and share them with us. Or simply take a moment to reflect on them. May your joys increase!