Written by Shenise Gatson
This smile hurts.
It hurts because my smile is not genuine today. It is forced. Fake.
As colleagues pass me in the hallways, I smile and wish them a good morning. Inwardly, tears are falling and I am praying with all my heart they do not notice. It is one of those days where I feel like the weight of the world is on my shoulders.
What do I do now? When will this feeling go away? When will things work out and stay “worked out”?
I have prayed. I have cried. I have lain in meditation, trying to bring comfort to my soul. To no avail.
Maybe you have been in my shoes. Maybe you have had a bad day at work, received some unsettling news, or had a conflict with someone that greatly affected you. Maybe you received a bad doctor’s report or encountered a financial setback. Whatever it is, many of us have been in this place. This place of sadness. Of discouragement. Sometimes desperation, even. You want the situation to get resolved immediately so you can return to happiness and contentment, but then you secretly wonder…..Continue reading