I'm a believer in the power of positive thinking. I try to incorporate it into my day to day decisions and reactions. Sometimes though, life hits us with such incredible force that countering the not so happy with happy thoughts becomes well neigh impossible. I'm a believer in embracing all of the complexities of life. That includes the sad parts.
People don't like it when you're hurt and they can't fix it. It's an innately human response. Fix it. Make it better. Make it go away because it makes us uncomfortable. That's a good thing on one level, but there can also be a value in not fixing it right away and instead in diving into it. In other words, it's okay to be sad. It's okay to cry big crocodile tears. Sometimes we all get the 'mean reds.' You don't have to pretend it's okay to make other people feel better, because their happiness is their job. You are not serving your joy if you can't allow yourself the room to be who you are without apology, even when who you are is a little rough around the edges.
So yes, I'm sad this week.
There, I've said it.
I'm feeling a little beat up. I'm hopeful that soon I'll have a sunnier perspective on things, but for now I'm going to be okay with the cloudy skies. For now I'm going to dance with the rain. Sometimes that's what we need.
The joy and the sorrow, the pleasure and the pain, the light and the darkness...in the Tao it is all the same.