The line between happiness and sadness, right and wrong, love and hate is a thin one. You can easily teeter from one to the other at any given moment. A friend could blurt out the “wrong” thing, for example, and a comment said in haste could wreak havoc on your relationship. Or you could wake up refreshed and excited about the prospect of a new day and a second later find yourself in anguish over disappointing news.
It’s this type of back and forth, up and down, emotional roller coaster that makes some wary of befriending others or getting too close. It’s both the fear of being hurt and hurting others that causes us to fold inward. Better to stay at a distance. It’s much easier to be hard than soft. Yet, life will hit us with something big anyway. There’s no way of escaping pain, fear or disappointment. The only way is right through it.
If this week’s been rough for you, I hope you find comfort in our posts. You’ll learn what to say to someone who’s grieving (the perfect prescription to give to those who don’t know what to say to you too). You’ll also feel triumphant in reading Beth’s post this week if you’re a parent and especially if you’re a parent who has a child with autism. There’s also a post to help you stay happy and an empowering one that sheds light on rape from the victim’s perspective. Finally, learn why “you are what you wear” may be more fitting than “you are what you eat” in this week’s Weightless post.
It may not be easy to love the moment you’re in or to feel happy when your world is turned upside down. But after reading the posts below, I hope you’ll learn that it’s not the big, over-the-top occasions that can change your life and make you happy. It’s the small ones. Here’s wishing you lots of those this weekend!