I haven’t posted a blog in a long time. Almost a year actually.
There are many excuses for this, I’ve been busy being the most obvious. But the truth is simpler. I haven’t been very happy. This blog is all about spreading joy and I haven’t had much joy to spread lately.
It’s not been too bad really, but a few major life events (break up, stressful work changes, death of a loved one) led me into to the only period of depression in my adult life. I’m sunny again now, but it did get dark for a while. Actually, I am grateful for the darkness for two separate reasons:
(1) It made me appreciate the light more, and
(2) It gave me empathy for others who are suffering from depression (which are many)
People don’t like to talk about depression. But sadness if a part of life and I think it would help people who feel alone to know that others have gone through it and come back to the light. Websites like depression.org.nz helped me to realise that what I was feeling was common and to help find a pathway through it.
Yet this post is not about sadness, it’s about happiness. And how to spread happiness.
What my last year has taught me is that you have to look after yourself first. Many of you who follow my blog are like-minded and like-hearted individuals who want to spread happiness in this world – to make the lives of others better and brighter in some way. Just know that to do so, you have to make your own life better and brighter first.
Make sure you are happy and nurtured in your own life, and then you will have so much more energy to share happiness and nurture others.
I’m back and bright again, and planning to resume my blogging – sharing the inspiring stories of people around the world who have found their happiness and are trying to spread it.
Actually today I am flying out of New Zealand and off into the world on new travels and adventures. I hope to share with you the stories of the inspiring people I meet along the way.
To the light!