I don’t claim to be a psychologist or counselor, but I do think that my generation is plagued with loneliness. Through social media, we have constant access to friends, family, and strangers. Yet, we feel that no one truly knows us.
This graph pretty much sums us up:
Let’s play a game to break the ice. Everyone say your name and say an adjective that starts with the same letter of your name. Everyone ready? I’ll start! I am Joyful Joanne!
^^^Raise your hand if you can relate to that situation. What adjective did you use? Amazing Allison? Beautiful Brittany? Charming Courtney? Sweet Sarah?
I’ve always been Kind Kat. It’s generally the only adjective that comes to mind since I am not kyphotic or kittenish or kyrgyzstani (although I may be kooky).
Kind Kat is a bit of a misnomer, though. Most days, I am more fluent in sarcasm and judgment than I am in kindness.
God does not ask me to speak words of sarcasm. He commands me to speak words of grace, charity, and kindness.
Ten Verses for When You Are Feeling Kind
So far, this series has been a little heavy, but today, we are going to lighten it up! Put a smile on your face because I have 10 verses about being joyful!
The authors of self-help books (and most calligraphers on Pinterest) constantly tell us that we are enough. We are strong. We are smart. We are brave. We are capable. We are sufficient within ourselves.
Can I propose that maybe we aren’t enough?
Partially out of personal interest, and partially out of scholastic necessity, I recently read The Scarlet by Nathaniel Hawthorne. If you are not familiar with the story, it takes place in a New England colony with devout Puritan standards. The main character, Hester Prynne, is found guilty of adultery, and she is condemned to constantly wear a scarlet letter A on her blouse as her punishment. The red letter is a beacon of guilt, shrouding Hester in shame. Because the town cannot ignore her sin, she is always remembered for her transgression.
I jolted awake as the plane lurched up, down, left, right. While the flight attendants rushed to their seats and buckled in, a voice came over the speaker. “The captain has indicated that we will experience severe turbulence. Please buckle your seat belts.”
Although I consider myself a seasoned air traveler, I gripped the armrests. We were thousands of feet above Mississippi, and the plane was bumping along like a lawnmower in a potato field.
I heard the ding of a call light followed by the same voice on the speaker. “The flight attendants have been asked to stay seated. Please turn off your light unless this is an extreme emergency.”
“That’s it,” I thought. “We are going down. Here I come Jesus!”
In case you missed the introduction to my new Top Ten Tuesday series, you can read it in last week’s post.
There are thousands of scenarios that can make us feel unhappy, disappointed, and even depressed. Even in a state of despair, we are not hopeless.
Ten Verses For When You Feel Bummed