Darkness and chaos are a part of living this life with a heart wide open and a willingness to do the hard work.
There’s no avoiding or plastering over them with polished positivity and false happiness. There’s no “faking it til you make it” when there are things to be felt. It’s only by going through them that we’re able to transform the darkness and chaos into true light and wisdom and growth.
It’s easy to bypass… because it’s terrifying to lean in and FEEL what’s real and raw and all things awful.
But choosing to be happy and positive means also choosing to acknowledge and feel the “negative” emotions too. The sadness, the losses, the anger, the fear. It means being willing to sink into your grief or heartache and feel them all the way through to the other side.
Because it’s only on the other side that we find true joy and peace and purpose. Where we begin to experience a richer range of emotions like never before. And it’s where we build the kind of trust and faith that we’re always exactly where we need to be—even in the most challenging of times—that will carry us through the next chaotic storm with a little more grace and ease.
So, lean in.
Feel it all the way through.
You WILL survive this.