One of the blogs I frequent talks a great deal about positive thought and the power of love. Anyone who reads my posts knows that I would certainly agree with the power of love. I also think that positive thought is a wonderful thing. Still I wonder when positive thought becomes a handicap, perhaps blinding you to the things in your life that you need to change and can positive thought then become a negative.
Don’t misunderstand me here; I do not promote negative thinking. What I am saying is, if we always make things positive, how we can move with honesty through our lives. Where do we draw the line to say, “that wasn’t positive, that was awful and I need to work through it and heal”? Do we allow people those opportunities to pour our their feelings, often working through old things and starting to heal, or do we always expect the positive spin?
One of my friends has a blog filled with beautiful spiritual thoughts, one that lifts and inspires the reader. It’s one of my favorite places to go. Today it spoke of bringing joy to the world every day, finding joy and spreading joy. . This is something we should all strive for. Still there are days where we must face the things that will not, in the beginning, bring us joy, or spread joy. Those days will bring us greater clarity and help us to grow. I responded to this friend and reminded her that my given name is Joy. She said she was thinking about me when she posted it. Whether this was due to my name or the fact that I have been less than joyful this week, I don’t know. What I do know is this was one of those weeks where I had to deal with things that were not always joyful; memories that needed to come forward so I could finally grieve and move on. It was a week of realizations of things in my life that need to be left behind, a process that will eventually bring joy, but will be difficult and uncomfortable at first, certainly not one that will find or spread joy.
The world is a beautiful place but it is filled with things that aren’t beautiful as well. Feelings and emotions are important no matter what they might be. It is important that we embrace those emotions and move through them, rather than push them behind a blanket of lovely platitudes. Only then will we truly be able to move down this road of life.