Do I contradict myself?
Very well, then I contradict myself,
I am large,
I contain multitudes.
– Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
Last night, I was listening to a podcast by Rob Bell about wisdom. He was talking about the paradox of simultaneously holding space for joy and grief, sadness and peace in our hearts. That not only are we capable of feeling a wide range of emotions, but it’s a sign of wisdom and maturity when we house seemingly conflicted emotions. As someone who co-exists with anxiety, I have found such healing in this understanding. That even in the midst of fear or deep sadness, joy and peace still flow freely through me. And sometimes linger in my soul.
May we lean into all our feelings today, friends. For they all have something to teach us, some gift to give. Peace…