Leslie’s Blog

Pursue Your Passion =  Find Your Joy

When one follows their passion, there is simply joy. This has been proven to me time and time again. Last night that notion was reinforced when Robin and I shared our books, paintings and songs, Open the Gates of San Jerónimo and Paper Zoo, at the Ledyard/Gales Ferry Preschool Information Fun Fair. It was such fun to be with preschool children and teachers, just sitting on the floor, playing my guitar, singing songs and laughing. It did my soul some good!

Sometimes in the midst of these dark winter months we find ourselves a little bit down, or at best with a grey feeling seeping into our spirits.  I’ve experienced these dusky, mundane feelings lately, mostly since several close friends and acquaintances have lost loved ones. I’ve attended several funerals recently, hence spending many quiet, early dawn moments thanking God for my cozy home, family, and friends, trying not to worry about when loss could happen to me.

I know we were not meant to live in fear and that it takes effort to find happiness. I am usually very good about rising above such murkiness, but sometimes I need a little boost. This is when I “look my fear straight in the eye”, set it aside, and tap into my 4-year-old self for some light-hearted laughter and downright flighty foolishness! I suppose that is why writing and performing rhymes and songs in several languages is what makes me the happiest.

Would that we all find that place in our own hearts and visit it now and again.

– Leslie, February 2017

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