How to Share the Love when You Feel like Sh*t.

“All the pain that comes with being human can crush our optimism if we don’t work actively to create our own hope,” ~ Zhena Muzyka

Zhena Muzyka, the founder of Gypsy Tea, is right on about hope. I admit that it’s so bewildering to share love or hope while being consumed by our own sh*t.

We get lost in the pain of whatever it is that weighs us down: the struggles of work, college, (or both), raising kids, being a loving partner, being single, dealing with Special Education laws, commuting, or even the simple task of trying to enjoy an authentic life.

I recently came up with this playful way to share our love while feeling like sh*t.

Try these steps:

  1. Pour coffee or whiskey into your favorite mug. No worries, this isn’t going to be a “let’s indulge in spirits and get lost”way to share your love; it’s so much more!
  2. Sit at the kitchen table with a blank piece of paper and pick up a bright purple and pink marker in each hand (or take whatever markers you love).
  3. Using both hands—Free draw for three minutes.
  4. Move slowly or wildly.
    Let out all that sh*t that’s pulling you down. Let the should of’s  and could of’s roll through the pink or purple ink onto the page, & away from our bodies.
  5. Time’s up!
    Did you feel yourself move out the box of little dark feelings? Did you step beyond your expectations of the day?
  6. Sip your coffee or whiskey. Breathe a sigh of relief.
    Grab a new piece of paper, and with your non-dominant hand, write a few words describing who or what you love—even if there’s not much to love besides a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Chocolate ice cream.
  7. Write words of loving: sugary, milky smooth, creamy, sweet, mouth-watering, and more. Remember use your non-dominant writing hand, so you can access your subconscious thoughts and feelings.
  8. Once your satisfied with the love words (you can add art, too) then fold the paper into an airplane.
  9. Get up, and go for a walk.
  10. Bring the airplane with you!
  11. Let the paper airplane—with words of love folded inside—fly into the breeze for whomever takes a risk, and picks up the love!                                                Copyright 2016 © Jessie Wright
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