Have you seen the latest movie? Inside Outside?

Sadness keeps “messing up” and this frustrates Joy to no end.

Soon, Joy realizes she has not allowed the main character, Riley, to feel Sadness.

Sometimes, I think we (or we are expected to) avoid sadness and go right to being positive and optimistic. At first, it’s kind of a survival mechanism that keeps us from drowning in our grief. But then the dust settles and we have to face the sadness and allow it a place in our life.

When you work through the sadness, joy will follow.

Don’t live in sadness, but don’t avoid it either.

Photo credit: Wendy Longo photography / Foter / CC BY-ND