I Am Everyday People

Annah Elizabeth Happy Happens ™, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Mental Health Leave a Comment

Dearest Journeyer,

Last week was a mixed bag of emotional lows and highs…times of defeat, redemption, depression, dialogue, desire, and celebration…

It’s so hard to put my finger on the pulse of the past seven days, but as I scrolled through the week’s images, one thing stood out: a short clip of Sly and the Family Stones hit song, Everyday People.

It’s a song about acceptance of who we are…our mistakes, our successes, our race and color and social circles…

Last week I was everyday people, Journeyer…up and down and all around…

I cried tears of sadness…

I smiled at a toddler’s curious nature as she explored my home and the look of awe in her eyes as we gazed upon the freshly lit Christmas tree.

I laughed at the silly antics of my children as we decorated that tree and my heart healed as we revisited the many ornament’s origins.

My spirit soared when I spotted the town’s holiday wreaths and decorations.

My soul expanded infinitely as I realized in meditation that I could sit with fear, see the inferno it felt like inside of me, and then watch it disappear as if in a puff of smoke when I learned that it had no real hold over me.

-Music is what feelings sound like.-

A fresh bouquet of autumn flowers…

Music and a massage…

The smell and flavor of the food, the camaraderie of the company around our table, and the stories being shared with the next generation.

Christmas tree scented wax…

Big Guy making the apple pie for our Thanksgiving dinner…

Long, esoteric talks with Fave about all things spiritual…

And a close, genuine hug from Beauty that signaled a long-anticipated ease between us…

Professional progress…

Connecting with those of you who reached out to cheer this work on and to share your own heartaches and healing…

Inspiration I found in your social media posts and shares…

Abundant sunshine…

Walks in the great outdoors…

Fresh white snow…

Hallmark feel-good movies…

Dinner and cards and catching up with some friends we haven’t hung out with in quite a while…

Football. Not for me, but for Warren. He’s been a Dallas Cowboys fan since he was a little boy. He’s stood by them win, lose, or draw, so much so that I thought about contacting the manager the last two years when they weren’t doing so well to let them know they had solid fans and to see about getting a backstage pass if I purchased tickets. Sadly that never happened and with them winning now, I’m guessing everybody and their brother are lining up for freebies and special events.

Seeing that boyish happiness on my man’s face at how well his team did in last week’s game was nothing shy of heartwarming.

Seeing my children converse and carry on in fun and endearing ways.

Recognizing that all my hard work is paying off in big ways. I am able to notice triggers faster, am more readily able to distinguish my energy from that of others, and I am able to process all of those things much more quickly, reducing those unsightly and negative knee-jerk reactions.

I love you in all your rawness and realness, too, Neighbor. Let’s keep joining forces and collaborating to make the world a better place.

What about you, Journeyer? What moment(s) made you smile, warmed your heart, or brought peace to your soul? Please share something in a comment below and help spread a little joy!

Until next time, yours in hope, healing, and happiness,

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