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All That We Let In

Driving along the other day, listening to an album I’ve heard hundreds of times, a song I’ve sung for years comes on. I blindly sing-along the majority of the time—lost in the music and practicing my harmonies, but amid my off-key soprano, I finally heard what the song was saying. An “ah-ha” moment presented itself and I was shocked that I’d never really listened to what it was saying.

“We’re better off for all that we let in.” - Indigo Girls

And we are.

We are better off for all that we let in.

The good and the bad.

We’ve all heard the saying “let go of what doesn’t serve you,” and while I do agree with this sentiment, I think it leaves much to be desired.

In my opinion, everything that you encounter does in fact serve you, even if it’s not ideal. It’s helping you to grow, it’s teaching you to learn, it’s showing you that the world can be brutal but that you can persevere.

With that being said, we do need to release things that aren’t serving our highest good.

This can be a daily practice. Get quiet and ask, “Is this serving my highest good?” and listen to/feel how your body responds. Because sometimes, trudging through the uncomfortable moments may bring life-changing opportunities.

Sheltering ourselves won’t serve our highest good.

“We’re better off for all that we let in.”

Love Will Always Light the Way

I’m an optimist, sometimes to a fault.

It’s not that I live in a shiny, happy bubble of rainbows, but I do allow that vision to motivate me when I fall into depressive patterns.

I am motivated by love.

Gloom is inevitable—it’s part of the human experience. Can you open your blinds and simply admire the sky, even if it’s cloudy? Can you try? Can you allow your eyes to see with love as the filter?

Some mornings I wake up with questions such as: How can I make the world just a little brighter that day? What