I love this time of year.
I love it for the festivities and the traditions, for the carols, lights, and gift giving. Some years I do more than other years – my decorating and baking frenzy ebbs and flows depending on my health (both physical and emotional.) This year I am more excited than I’ve been in quite a few years. I’m not sure exactly why but I think that it may be that sometimes we go through experiences and times where our lives reveal new appreciations and like The Grinch – the change causes our hearts to grow a few sizes bigger. Our understanding of what is important becomes that much clearer and we can then move out of the trudge of life and into loving it in a new way.
I have learned – truly learned – this year to Choose Joy to Choose Positivity and to Choose Happiness. I’ve learned it from some amazing women, some amazing warriors and fighters who are also constant lovers. I thank you Holly and Teresa and Jennifer. I thank you Janelle and Betsy and Heather. I thank you Amanda and Kim and Susan and Alison and Stacey and Kathleen. I thank you brave ladies – all of you – all of you Fight Like A Girl Girls!
I’ve learned from you to make these choices a priority even when life situations seem like these are not the choices at hand. If we get too wrapped up in the minutia of life (and so much of it is minutia), these choices loose strength and slip from the front of our thinking. Our obstacles feel too overwhelming and too big to get past. I am learning that when the obstacles present themselves in an oppressive manner that I then need to find the things that give me joy because those “things” lead to happiness and my positivity returns. I’m learning to lean on these beautiful women, they are teaching me that it is ok to lean. So many times the need to shift focus is difficult to recognize but it is vital for our health and well-being.
Join with me in focusing on the joyful. Laughter, nature, touch, music, beauty, simplicity, health. Even with chronic illness and disease – we can still choose health. In fact, in 1946 The World Health Organization (WHO) defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Here are some things that I also choose…
I choose goodness.
I choose graciousness.
I choose humility.
I choose peace.
I choose joy!
I am grateful to the adversity that I’ve experienced this past year – yes, grateful for it. I’ve learned so very much about myself, who and what is the most important to me and where to focus my attention and energies. Without our difficulties or the valleys in life we would not learn that we can reach for the top of the mountains that are part of the path. We need the mountains in the way so that we can see the beauty of the world around us when we’ve made the choice to take step by step by step, day by day, to get past the obstacle or distress. From the bottom and depths it seems you’ll never reach the summit but every step brings us closer, and once we’ve overcome we can appreciate the struggle because from that vantage point it all seems so much smaller than it felt at the time.
Keep moving forward and find the joyful around you because life is full of mountains so we might as well learn to en-joy the journey. When we shift focus and see life in terms of these types of metaphors, life may not become easier but it will definitely be happier.
Tis the season – what makes you joyful and healthful?
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