Today I was reading Jan Fortune’s blog and was reminded how important it is not to get bogged down in the stresses and tribulations of our world. It is so easy, too easy, to get depressed about how the politicians are behaving, what is being done or not done. We feel powerless to change things, we fret about how long it takes for things to happen, when we really need to focus on the present and remind ourselves of the simple joys in being alive.
Jan writes – As writers we care, passionately, about what animates and motivates other people, about the conditions of our planet, about life in all its colours and nuances. It’s zest for life itself that is one of the things that keeps us writing.
Zest is a way of living that embodies hope. It’s the opposite of living from fear and helps us to get out of our own way so that we can be more outward-looking, grateful and generous.
There are times when we do need reminding that even in the darkest times when we struggle to come to terms with a string of obstacles that life seems to put in our way, it is still possible to find joy and discover our zest for life.