I’m a Gen Xer, 80s kid. Ronald Reagan is the first president I clearly remember. And, of course, who could forget his tiny wife Nancy? Just Say No will forever be burned into my brain as the catch phrase for avoiding drugs. I’m thinking about it in a different way today though.
Just say no to busyness. Just say no to hustle culture. Just say no to go, go, go. Are you laughing at me yet? I’m basically saying just say no to Western culture, aren’t I?!
But I’m quite serious here. I’m asking us to say no to being busy for busy’s sake and say yes to rest. We need rest. We deserve rest. We aren’t meant to live the way we are living in Western society. We just aren’t. I think these years of COVID have shown that to a lot of us.
We don’t have to live this way. It will take a culture change, of course, but we’re the ones to do it. So let’s channel good ole Nancy in a different way. Let’s just say no to the hustle and bustle and busy, and say yes to real, nourishing rest.
There’s nothing I love better than a good laugh. I just feel better all over when I’ve had a good belly laugh with a friend. Laughing feels like such a privilege these days. There are so many people in so many difficult situations around the world right now; laughing can feel like a real gift. We can almost feel guilty sometimes about laughing.
But I firmly believe we’re meant to be happy. All of us are meant to laugh and meant to be happy. God takes great joy in us. Why shouldn’t we take great joy in God? That’s what we do when we laugh. We’re taking joy in God.
You see, God is all there is. That’s a fundamental belief of the Science of Mind philosophy. We are each a part of it and it is all of each of us. So when we laugh at a joke told by our best friend or a stranger or our minister, or we laugh at the antics of our toddler or our dog we’re taking joy in God. And that’s ok! I think God wants that for us.
If people in bomb shelters and subway stations in the Ukraine can laugh and sing to help them get through the horror of war, we can laugh too. I believe our joy can only feed theirs. We lift each other up.
So laugh, my friends. Laugh and take your joy where you can find it. This world needs our humor and our laughter and our joy. Take joy in God, and allow God to take joy in you!
What a world we live in.
It’s incredible really. We’re incredible. Human beings are miracles, absolute wonders. We’re beautiful and wild and indescribably amazing.
And then we go to war with each other.
I suspect I will never really understand us. I will always believe in us though. I believe in us and our ability to love and do the right thing because I know we are emanations of the Holy One. We’re a big way God shows up in the world. If I don’t believe in us, there isn’t much left to believe in that can get things done in this material world, you know?
So I believe. I trust us to get to the right thing. I trust us to finally love enough to make it right again. Maybe I’m naive. I’ll own that. Mirabai Starr would call me a Fool for God. But I love God too much to think we’re somehow able to ignore what lives within us forever.
That Holy One, God, Spirit, Goddess, whatever name you have for it lives right there inside us. Closer than our next heartbeat and our next breath, and it loves unconditionally. We have access to it whenever we want. Sometimes I think it just comes gushing out like a fountain whether we want it to or not. That Holy Love, that thing that makes us each so sacred, has to have an outlet sometimes.
So I pray for us. I pray in an affirmative way. I don’t beseech a removed God, but I call on the God of Love that lives in every heart to bring peace to our world. And I give to organizations that are doing good. And I speak up when I see wrong. Because I am a way the God of Love shows up in this world too.
We’re called to bring our hearts forward. We’re called to bring peace. We are a way God shows up in this world. It’s time to show up.