Our culture promotes a relationship between happiness and success. We also value busyness. I think these two attributes lead us to run towards all things that we think will make us more successful and happy. Not only are we not encouraged to address negative emotions, we are judged, even made fun of, for addressing them. We need to remember that we are humans with souls that feel pain as well as joy and that there is nothing more courageous than lowering our masks and feeding that soul.
It is difficult to lay down a burden that hasn't been acknowledged. I've noticed since I've made more of an attempt to connect with and respond to what my soul needs, the anger, bitterness and frustration aimed at others have almost disappeared completely. Leaving behind that burden is incredibly peaceful. This genuine peace untethers the joyful moments as well.
I don't know if you've ever cried in the rain. I have, and it was one of the most healing, rejuvenating, and surprisingly uplifting experiences.
Grace in, peace out