What a month this has been in Wisconsin. Today – like many recent days – I woke feeling worried, tired, and a little sad. There has been a knot in my stomach for days. (I've taken to carrying Rescue Remedy with me everywhere. Being emotionally sensitive living in a state that is turned on its head is frankly no fun.)
And so today I am searching for the silver lining in a situation that has polarized friends, neighbors, and communities. I am seeking out the why. I am having faith that transitions are often painful but lead us to a better place – and yes, it often "gets worse before it gets better." My friend Anne made this call for us to work together and stop fighting amongst ourselves. That's good advice if I have ever heard it.
Everyting happens for a reason. Indeed, despite the "us and them" of Wisconsin politics I am seeing a state and a country awakening that has been asleep for a long time. And that feels like at least part of the silver lining.
As for me, I need to unwind, get centered, and find my joy.
To clear my head I will be taking some time away from this space. I will center myself with my children, I will reflect, rest, knit like mad, and focus inward. Give me a week. Then I will be back here again, all shiny and ready to play.
While I am away we'll still be going outside everyday. Will you join us? Maybe we'll see you out there, playing in the snow and finding the calm and peace that only fresh air can bring.
Until then I will leave you with this:
Find your joy.
Think of others.
Live your truth.
Manifest your best dreams.