Joy

Spread joy.

It’s a bit rough out there right now. There’s a lot of fear and anxiety, some of it for good reason. It’s hard to know what to believe and where to look or listen for credible information. I stopped looking at social media, bad for my mental health (might be bad for yours too… food for thought). The news sites, the radio, the TV… a lot of it scary. It wasn’t what I wanted to see or read. It wasn’t what I wanted to put out into the world.

So, last week I grabbed some sidewalk chalk and wrote on my driveway. A simple message along with flowers and colors “It’s going to be alright”. And then I promptly wanted to wash it off. What if people laughed at it? What if someone got upset with me and said, “you don’t know that, you can’t write that.” But then I thought, well, half the stuff in the news right now… they don’t know if it’s accurate, so how is my sidewalk chalk any worse? So I left it.

And people walked by. Some read it. Some smiled. Some said thank you. Some said it was nice. I added to it. “Breathe.” More smiles. I added again, “Together. We’ve got this.” And no one yelled at me. No one told me I didn’t know what I was talking about. A mom told her daughter as she walked by, “yes, that’s true, it’s going to be alright.”

So if I were my own best friend I would remind myself to spread the message I want to see in the world. If I want to see positive, then spread positive. Spread love. Spread joy. Spread calm. Spread it all like a big, soft, warm blanket that envelops everyone near you. Because right now I think most of us could use a little more love, joy, and warm blankets in our lives.

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