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Sep13
It's Not All Good, I Don't Care What The Bumper Stickers Say

From The Happiness Makeover by M.J. Ryan:

It's not all good. There is tremendous suffering in the world. So many of us have to bear the burden of so much. There are bombings and starvation, layoffs and abuse, intractable poverty and senseless violence.

To experience happiness in our daily lives does not mean hiding our heads in the sand. It's not about feeling absolutely wonderful all the livelong day. We're meant to feel bad as well as good – the part of our brains that experience, fear, worry, sorrow and anger is there to protect us from danger and spur us into action. When a speeding car is bearing down on you, it's not too smart to think, "Isn't that good?" Rather, you feel fear and get out of the way.

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"Our lives are filled with ordinary moments when the hidden beauty of life breaks into our everyday awareness like an unbidden shaft of light. It is a brush with the sacred, a near occasion of grace. Too often we are blind to these moments. We are busy with our daily obligations and too occupied with our comings and goings to surround our hearts with the quiet that is necessary to hear life's softer songs." - this is a quote from Kent Nerburn's "The Hidden Beauty Of Everyday Life" a great book to read when in doubt, when low or lonely.

Thank you, Emilly, for recommending Nerburn's book. It is an excellent read.

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