Find a Refuge

My commute to work is usually long and irritating. But today, as I rounded a curve in the road, the sun hit the red and orange treetops at just the right angle. The trees looked like they were burning slowly, like a small campfire. After another quarter mile, fog crept up the trunks and draped the canopy, and it looked like the trees were glowing.

It was a brief moment of peace and reflection during a stressful part of my day.

And then I got to work. I read the news; I got into the daily grind. I saw some rant on social media about politics. People shouted at me with digital megaphones: Murder, death, disease, and political outrage—social outrage—personal grievances.

My good mood evaporated. I found myself surrounded by negativity and it hurt. It physically hurt.

The news will always have disturbing headlines, and there is plenty of justification for social and political outrage, and an individual’s personal grievances should be addressed, always. I’m not saying these things shouldn’t be out there in the universe, or that I need a perfect, idyllic world to function in to feel good.

What I want to remind you all of is that it’s okay if this digital cacophony is too much sometimes. It’s okay to take a step back and remember the glow of the fall foliage in the sunlight. In fact, it’s needed.

Take a moment today to find a refuge, be it a peaceful moment in nature, a favorite passage from a book, or those first precious sips of coffee. Find the magic in your everyday life, find your joy, and take a moment to savor it.

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