Comfortable with Misery?

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Emelda De Coteau

Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Are you comfortable with misery? Does it crawl into bed with you, nestled between your comforter and consciousness? How much longer are you willing to accept being rendered invisible, ignored and abused?

The appropriate answer to these questions is simple, but arriving there requires uncompromising honesty, unhindered by rationalizations and fear. Put simply, you have to stop tolerating misery; you deserve more.

Eleanor Roosevelt wisely said “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Release misery; tell it your spirit dances with promise, kick it in the pants with those stilettos, and begin, little by little to choose risk over pragmatic safety, and dreams before despondence. Become quite uncomfortable adjusting to status quo. Procrastination is the enemy of progress. Your freedom awaits.

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Two Steps to Releasing Misery:

1. Awareness – Stand on your head, lay on your back, any position works as long as you breath and meditate. Become lucid and focused daily; it births awareness. When we are aware, ignoring misery is nearly impossible.

2. Focus on the your passion – What ignites your soul? Performing, filmmaking, writing or dancing? Perhaps leaving your day job immediately is not an option, but there are moments you may carve out – fifteen minutes during lunch or ten minutes before work – to expand your focus. Follow and focus on your passion.

How will you walk away from misery? What’s your passion?

A City of Contrasts

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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The gift of photography is that it presents a brutal truth, even if we are desperate to deceive, it resists.  I am slowly returning to a photographic project I started a little over a year ago – “
Baltimore: Sorrow, Promise and Hope.”

There is something about this city that lingers in my consciousness, pushes itself to the forefront of my mind as I drive through neighborhoods which resemble developing countries, whole roofs missing, decaying structures, ubiquitous liquor stores, and abandoned buildings which once held thriving businesses. The ghosts of progress abound.

Yet twenty minutes later, while making my way through Roland Park, there are manicured lawns and regal homes, a testament to the contrasts in this city – privilege and poverty, hope and despair, the dreamers and disillusioned.  
How do we move from acknowledging those contrasts to building a community, one rooted in the kind of inclusiveness that is not blind to difference, but rather works within it to help us understand one another more fully? No one has a definitive answer, or all of this would be solved. Still, I am looking forward to beginning my own exploration of this question through pictures, words and dialogue with others.  
 
How do you think we can begin moving out our bubbles to understanding one another more?  Is it through art, joining social justice organizations, volunteering, etc.?

Making Peace with Risk

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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20130106-073414.jpg“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
– Thomas Jefferson

Risk unsettles the neat world we construct for ourselves, rapidly destroying boxes and firm categories. Instantaneously our stomachs knot, arms tighten, and the inner voice of doubt emerges: “Who do you think you are?” “You can’t!” “You don’t have enough education, connections, etc.”

When those voices arise, as they will, we must respond with affirmations such as “I am worth the life I seek.” Tape these phrases onto your mirror, dashboard, or wallet; surround yourself with words of courage and hope to help you transcend stagnation. Mediate, pray, seek God’s guidance, and then listen quietly.

Ultimately, the inner battle with doubt is an immense gift as it propels us into a new consciousness, one which simultaneously sits with trepidation, and walks through it.

It’s uncommon effort, this risk taking, making peace with misery is infinitely easier. Yet each time we refuse mediocrity we walk into liberation, and a world imbued with promise.

What risk (s) do you want to take? How will you push past fear – prayer, mediation, affirmations, etc.?

Further Study:
Dr. Wayne Dyer, an inspirational writer, teacher and speaker