Recently I went back to my shelves to rediscover some feel-good favorites. It was like reuniting with old friends. A few of those special titles included Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts and Jan Karon’s Mitford series. All of their books are gentle on the soul, providing reminders that the world still offers more good than bad.
When times become turbulent, due to situations far beyond my control, I try to channel all my fears, frustrations, or hurts through my writing. The creative arts allow us to turn negative emotions into something positive. I find great comfort in knowing we can use those gifts to offer something beautiful to the universe, countering the darkness that’s always nipping at our heels.
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I also find hope by serving others. No matter how hard my situation may feel at any given moment, I know there’s always someone, somewhere who needs something I can offer. I seek out those opportunities, and those loving acts of service keep me feeling humble and grateful at every turn.
My other go-to is nature. I spend as much time as possible outdoors each day, whether in my gardens or on the trails. Taking time to unplug anchors me to the eternal truths and helps me maintain a hopeful mindset.
About Julie Cantrell
Julie Cantrell is a New York Times and USA TODAY, award-winning author, editor, book coach, and TEDx speaker. Her latest novel, Perennials, explores the healing power of forgiveness through a story of sibling rivalry. Her latest work of creative nonfiction, Crescendo (written with Allen Cheney), examines the life of a musical prodigy who overcomes abject poverty and abuse to change the lives (and hearts) of countless youth. WRITING: www.juliecantrell.com EDITING: www.bluesparked.com