Growing Pains

Sometimes I feel, “the world is too much with us.”

As a child I remember being so deeply affected by books. I’d read about slavery or the Holocaust and I’d think:

“Why? Why are they being so cruel?”

I read all the Narnia books a thousand times and cried every time when Aslan, the great lion, was bound, shaved, tortured and eventually killed.

“I hope no one who reads this book has been quite as miserable as Susan and Lucy were that night; but if you have been – if you’ve been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you – you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing was ever going to happen again.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Why don’t people just LOVE and ACCEPT each other? My heart hurt from all the pain and this caused me to worry incessantly as a child.

Today, I continue to have that PURITY OF LOVE for all life but also feel enormously sad, frustrated, wounded and angered by the injustices of the world…the needless cruelty…I continue to have the childlike innocence of “Why?”

The other day after hearing another sad story I felt like my heart was breaking.

I feel such LOVE, COMPASSION and EMPATHY for the victims (of all race and species) so it feels like my heart is breaking…but then I realized; it’s not breaking. I am not experiencing a BROKEN heart…I am experiencing GROWING PAINS.

My heart is GROWING and sometimes that hurts.

My heart is getting bigger; I’m feeling deeper and it creates an ever greater PASSION to be a better person and to do more for our world.


  • I feel so blessed people are stepping up and speaking out about mental and emotional wellness.
  • I feel blessed corporations and businesses understand that our mental health needs to be a PRIORITY so they are SUPPORTING this cause.
  • I feel blessed to be involved with The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation who are assisting YOUTH and their FAMILIES, the core of our society.
  • I feel so grateful to YOU because you are spreading the word about this very important event. By REGISTERING, YOU are an IMPORTANT factor in helping us create CHANGE. Thank you.

Today although there are great injustices and so many reasons to curl up under your covers and shield yourself from the pain of the world, I CELEBRATE LIFE.

I celebrate the LOVE that does exist. I BELIEVE it can extinguish hate and it can heal the world, one person at a time.

I celebrate the KINDNESS and COMPASSION in the hearts of many. I BELIEVE it can eliminate judgements and cruelty.

I celebrate PATIENCE, HONESTY, INTEGRITY and AUTHENTICITY. I BELIEVE they exist and just need to be nurtured.

I celebrate YOU.

I celebrate ME.

I celebrate the amazing things WE can do TOGETHER.

Please spread the word about Jog4Joy presented by Wells Fargo and in partnership with The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation.

TOGETHER we can raise awareness to make our mental and emotional wellness a PRIORITY.

From my heart to yours,

Thank you.

With a smile,


PS. To register click HERE.


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