Take a pause

Sometimes the simplest things are the most beautiful and accessible. 

I wish it hadn’t taken a pandemic to completely interrupt our way of life to make me realize this.

But at the end of the day, life is what you make it. 

There’s always been and there will always be shit – injustice, corruption, inequality, death, etc. And we must’nt minimize our responsibility to push back against the shit that life slings and demand better. 

But life has to be more than our hardest challenges. Focusing only on difficulty leads us to believe that that is all that exists. It depletes us of our energy. 

I’m not sure what the next year will bring, let alone the next month. There is no doubt about challenges ahead – the ones we have to face together as a community, as a country, and as humans.

But for the moment, take a pause. I promise it’ll all still be there when you return. 

Find beauty in the simple things. 

Play. Take a walk. Reach out to loved ones. Listen to music. Get outdoors and connect with nature. Exercise. Get some sleep. Watch the sunrise or sunset. Volunteer. Perform a random act of kindness. Take time to tell someone how much you appreciate them.

These are the things that make life beautiful and worth living, worth fighting for. 

Beauty energizes and sustains us to face the challenges ahead with our best-self. 

Make time for this practice, even if it feels selfish. If airline safety instructions have taught us anything, you have to take care of yourself before helping others. 

So, please take care of yourself. 

Even God rested on the seventh day.