It’s been a while. I’ve been running very fast and not really getting anywhere. It has been a month of decadence and a bit of laughter and a bit too much sadness. A month of far too much work at things I don’t enjoy, and far too little work on things I do.

This evening I landed on the vanilla bean blog, lured by a promise of cardamom sugar buns. While the promised buns were there, I was drawn in by her introspective words and a quote by Joseph Campbell ‘Participate joyfully in the sorrows of world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy’. I took pause, I was uncomfortable with the thought – take joy in sorrow?

Then I read it again and placed more emphasis in my mind on the second sentence ‘We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy’

While the problems of the world are so much bigger than mine, I am still going to take this to heart to maybe help myself a bit. I cannot cure my sorrows so I may as well choose to live in joy. (wash, rinse, repeat, you can do this)

Joy of freedom to be just us two. Joy of late sleep-ins and 2pm breakfasts and time to read the paper with no distractions. Joy of being able to plan a long trip involving multiple countries and excursions and adventures, because we can.

I shall try more to live in joy for what there is rather than sorrow for what there isn’t.


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