An Open Letter

Hi, it’s me again.


People make a dozen excuses for not engaging in the outside world or with the people around them. I am too old. I am too young. I am too busy. I can’t afford it. Those things don’t happen to people like me. There are so many more examples I could give you, but I think you get the point.


We let the hardest lessons harden our hearts. We forget to smile. We don’t engage people. We don’t ask people their stories. None of us are truly listening. We are all just waiting to talk. We avoid eye contact. We hide behind gadgets. We are robbing ourselves of real relationships in real life. One day you will be slapped with the reality of a missed memory and time. That is far more unsettling than a missed text or that critical e-mail. We have to be more human again.


Are you tired of dealing with the same headaches and heartaches over and over again? It is time to break the cycle. Purge some bad habits and embrace discomfort. It is time to learn from our mistakes. You ultimately become what you repeatedly do.


We have to challenge our understandings and uncertainties. At the end of life, we don’t want to be caught not honoring ourselves or the one who created us. We have to begin to lose the expectation that everything should be more comfortable. There are rarely shortcuts to a place worth going.


Don’t avoid uncomfortable hard things all of the time. Those actions may move your life, one step in the right direction. Stop trying to escape. It would be better if you just lived life and savored the moments.


Remember to keep the circle positive, peaceful and loving. ©


Written with love.


Joy M. Mills
Copyright © 2018


*This article is not intended to provide and does not constitute medical, legal or other professional advice. This article was written to support, not replace medical or psychiatric treatment. Please seek professional care if you feel you have a condition.



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