Choosing to BE Joyful
Today I choose to BE Joyful.
There isn’t anything exceptionally joyful going on today – I will go to work, do some writing, get in a workout at the gym and play with my daughter. I will spend time with my husband, make dinner and go to bed.
Nothing is ESPECIALLY joyful.
Yet it can be!
Because I choose for it to be.
I choose to bring joy to ALL areas of my life today. I choose to practice going to work and being joyful that I am in a wonderful career as a teacher. I choose to find joy in writing and sharing my heart with others and embracing the vulnerability this brings.
I am going to be joyful as I go to the gym and work out my body, giving thanks because I am able to do so.
As I look in the mirror at my ‘less than perfect’ body and put makeup on my face to hide the imperfections, I will be joyful because I know that I am blessed to have a body that functions well, even though I’d like to trim some inches here and there. I am thankful that I have learned how to apply makeup so it suits me and brings out my features and I have extra money to afford to buy my favorite MAC eye shadow and powder.
I will be joyous as I spend time with my husband, knowing that even though things aren’t perfect, I can find joy in the little things and in the fact that I have someone who loves and is committed to me.
I choose to be joyful with my daughter. A two-year old’s joy can be contagious – when she is happy! When she is not happy, when she is pushing my buttons and I feel anger and frustration boiling up inside me, I will choose joy. I will choose to be present with her and love her in the moment. I know that when I am joyful, it is infectious and she can pick up on my energy and possibly move in that direction more. There’s a chance, and that alone is worth choosing joy – for both of us ;).
When the frustrations of life are getting to me today, I will choose joy.
I will remember that my perception creates my reality and if I am choosing to be happy, I very often WILL BE.
Each moment I have a choice as to how I’m going to show up and I can make life easier and more fulfilling for myself, or not.
I can go about my day and have all my experiences go through a filter of joy or I can choose to see things as taxing and infuriating. I can look at life as difficult and unfulfilling, but where does that get me?
If I am choosing to BE negative, ungrateful and hopeless, my life will look exactly like that because those are my thoughts and feelings.
In choosing Joy, I get to experience life from that perspective. Even when circumstances aren’t going my way – when people are driving slowly in front of me, when my daughter is difficult, when I don’t feel great in my skin or I am struggling with pain, I have a choice.
Sometimes that is the only thing I CAN control – my ATTITUDE.
What do you choose into today? What will fill you up and create the life that you want to live?
Have a joyous day – I know I will!