It’s a choice. A choice I can make every day. Every moment.

Do I let the sun shine, and let the sunshine in? Or do I walk in my own clouds?

There’s always a reason to be worried, or upset. There are always challenges and disappointments. There are trials and tribulations, and definitely horrific and upsetting things happening in the world at this very moment.

And the sun is also shining.

It’s my choice to hold love and compassion – for myself when necessary, and more importantly for those who suffer around me – and to also hold love and light. To see the beauty. To bask in the sunshine. To feel the joy.

I can let the sun shine, or I can cast shadows. I can be a beacon of light for others, or I can let myself be pulled down.

I recently reread my high school yearbook – a very, very funny thing to do. What I noticed more than anything was the number of people who called me sweet, and commented on my sunny disposition, my desire to bring a smile to other’s faces. I guess I’ve been doing that, and believing in sunshine, for a long, long time.

I clearly remember when I decided that I would always, actively, do whatever I could to bring love and joy to my brothers and sisters in the Church. I guess I trickled that approach to others at Stuy. I want that practice now too. To shine love and joy. To share beauty and ease. To bask in appreciation and contentment.

To let the sun shine. And to let the sunshine in.

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