What are you doing this summer to take care of yourself?  What do you do for fun?  Recently in a small survivors group discussion we tackled this question.  Not as simple as I thought it would be.  Just asking the question raised all sorts of other questions: Do I deserve to have fun?  Is it okay to do things which have no other purpose or value?  Why is it so hard to just let go and enjoy?  Where did all that fear come from? What about that voice in my head evaluating how others are seeing me, judging me and/or me judging them?

Wow.  All this about having fun.  I began to think about the things I enjoy: gardening, home improvement projects, being with my family, watching stupid movies, reading good science fiction and fantasy… What is on your list?  Do you find it hard to have fun?  What gets in your way?

Joy is our birthright.

 I encourage you to find time to enjoy yourself, to do something fun (maybe even something every day though that may be too ambitious).  “Joy is our birthright. Each and every one of us, especially those of us who have been conditioned to feel unworthy of it. “RACHEL RICKETTS.  This message pops up in my calendar everyday because it is easy for me to forget.

Joy is your birthright.  Find time to do somethings which give you joy.

Upcoming in the blog will be a conversation with  James Tobin about his book: When We Were Wolves, a fiction work with a main character who navigates his childhood sexual abuse.  Also another edition of Kevin’s Journey is coming our way.  If you have something you’d like the blog to address please leave your suggestions in the comments section below.

Be well.  Stay safe.  Take good care.  Have some fun.

Mike

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