Hope

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Last week I wrote about life feeling off & how I deal with that. I worked really really hard to stay patient, give myself grace & make time/space for my meditation/yoga. But something just wasn't right. It's like my brain is the biggest A-hole in the entire world. Honestly, it was kind of a rough week. I felt lonely and trapped in the house. As much as I refuse to believe the universe is out to get me, that's how it felt.

But life is full of surprises. And my buddy Drew took me to the Switchfoot concert last night, and the vibe/music/lyrics/energy was the exact kick in the pants I needed to wake up. You see...their bus broke down on the way to the show. They didn't know if they were going to make it. Drew and I went to the wrong dang venue AND thought the doors opened at 7:30, when they really opened at 6:30. Double whammy. But it was all good.

From the moment they came out and made HOPE & LOVE themes of the night, I just knew I had to let go of all these feelings of life being 'off'. Because I'm pretty dang blessed to be where I'm at in life with who I'm with. My life is good. We're working (slowly) to fix up an RV to hit the road full time. We're not hurting for anything. We have all of life's basic necessities covered. We spend so much time together as a family. Life is GOOD. I'm hopeful, for the first time in a long time. And it feels great.

I wanted to share all this because I know life is rough. But when I choose to focus on lack or compare or start to get bummed because life isn't perfect, well, then I'm missing out on a lot of life. I had no patience a few days this past week and it was all because I was so messed up in my head about focusing on how slow the RV was going, and how Hello Happiness is growing slower than we'd like. But all that did was keep me from seeing the beauty in my life. And that's a shame.

I hope you take a few minutes, right now, just stop reading after this paragraph. Close your eyes. Take 3 deep breaths. Inhale through your nose, exhale through your mouth. Then find 3 things you have in your life to be grateful for. Do it.

Ok, welcome back. I hope you feel better. See if you can make this a habit for when you start to feel bummed and focus on lack. Because the universe is not out to get you. It's not. And chances are, you are loved by some folks. You can make it a point to get up and watch the sunrise or sunset (or both). You can take off your shoes and put your feet in the grass. You can put on some good music and dance like no one's watching. Or just dance with no music. Move. Let go. You are so loved. Think about how amazing it would be if we all lived like it?

Don't let the hurricanes in your life silence your love.

Josh Solar

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