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The Happy Book: A Blogging Book Club

I wasn't sure if I was going to do a simple little post this week for Jamie Ridler's blogging book club to which I belong, so I waited until the spirit moved me to write the weekly post.

This morning I was reading the paper like I always do (I still read the actual printed copies of newspapers each day) and came across my daily horoscope by Holiday Mathis in the Democrat and Chronicle. Here is what it said:

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Though you wish you could be invulnerable to emotional pain, the fact is that if you weren't capable of being hurt, you wouldn't be capable of feeling soaring happiness.

This is so true. I have written volumes on here about my own journey to do what makes me happy in life, even if others don't always understand my choices. The most recent one I have discussed is giving up a successful skin care business with an established and ever growing following because it was no longer a joy. It was a huge leap, but has opened so many doors.

Closing that door opened a new door--the door to that next chapter in my life--true and complete happiness. My jewelry business, which is truly a bundle of fun and joy for me, is growing. My items will be appearing in a boutique in Philadelphia in the coming weeks. On April 1st, the line can also be found at a great new shop in Springfield, Missouri. This is an exciting time for me, but also a very relaxing time, reflective time, and a time in my life when I am just soaking up the joy because I feel free to be myself--to enjoy my family, my free time, my hobbies...

Life is good. I am blessed.

The statement in today's horoscope about emotional pain is true as well. I am a person who can be overly sensitive. I wear my heart on my sleeve. Sometimes this is a good thing. Other times it is not. I don't like to cry. I don't like to appear as though I am anything other than a strong, confident woman even though there are times when I am far from it. If you can't feel the sadness or feelings of fear or anger or any other less than comfortable emotion you may shy away from, then how can you feel true and utter happiness?

I guess the gist of my post this week for the book club is that you sometimes have to go through those clouds to get to the sunshine. It's important, though, to allow yourself to feel the less than stellar emotions in order to get to that soaring happiness. You cannot have one without experiencing the other.