A Soul In Hurt

by Kelli Parisian January 11, 2021 5 Comments

Sad looking woman looking out window

My soul hurts and I'm deeply sad for our country. The "United" states appear to be anything but united.

This past week I've felt frozen. Unable to reach out, unable to focus; a feeling of anxiety prevailed. Once I was told I have a gift of being an encourager. But, what does an encourager do when she needs encouragement? 

Pray? I did, but for the needs of others, not for mine. 

I wavered between being mad about the division--to sad about how we treat one another--then to a deep soul hurt..a painful gut-ache for where we are as a country. 

To compound the sadness, a customer (and high school friend) told me she'll no longer do business with me because she assumes she knows my politics and it's more important than knowing who I am as a person.

Do you remember a time we could sit down and share, without fear of losing friends and customers--a time when we listened without judgement and simply agreed to disagree? Now, behind computer screens, we attack each other and cut each other out of our lives.

So, where will we go from here?

Here's my choice...

  1. Temporary unplug from sources that cause me to feel anxious--social media, news, and internet. 
  2. A fresh importance for self-care. Simple pleasures like playing dress up with my granddaughter, or having a tea party in our homemade fort are salve to my soul.
  3. I choose my faith above my politics. The lesson of being S L O W to speak, and slow to anger, from the book of James is a timely message.
  4. More random acts of kindness, true kindness, whether I'm giving or receiving...fill my heart with joy. 

Today, I choose joy and love.period.

“Love with no boundaries. Your future depends on your capacity to love.”

— Paulo Coelho

In no other time have these words been more true.  







Kelli Parisian
Kelli Parisian


Kelli Parisian - Founder of Parisian's Pure Indulgence Organic Skin Care. Contributing writer to LivingBetter50 online Woman's Magazine. Come along with me, and learn how to have a healthy, vibrant, beautiful life after 50!

5 Responses

Rick Lieberman
Rick Lieberman

January 18, 2021

For the past 15 or 20 years, you and I
have shared our thoughts and have maintained a wonderful relationship. We value and respect each other’s opinions. WAKE UP Dems & GOP.

Fran Kahn
Fran Kahn

January 12, 2021

Feeling the same as you Kell, have never been a depressed person and for the first time , I feel lonely and depressed. Just trying to keep myself busy and not watch any news.

Shana Hill
Shana Hill

January 12, 2021

You’ve put into words much of what I am feeling as well .. am just devastated.. sorry you lost a customer over this, yesterday someone told me they lost a long time friend over this. The serenity prayer echos over in my head .. thanks for your thoughts and sharing your choices

Kayla Fioravanti
Kayla Fioravanti

January 11, 2021

I’m so there with you. All we can do is pray, be kind, love one another and leave it all I God’s hands now.

Cindy Bell
Cindy Bell

January 11, 2021

I feel your pain, really. The world has gone mad, and yes, it’s heartbreaking to see and feel the responses of people you thought you knew. There’s only one source for the chaos, and it’s a choice to follow it, or abandon it for what is the good, the truth, and the beautiful.

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