I believe that joy should not be a luxury reserved as a celebration for reaching the end of your “to do” list. If your “to do” list is anything like mine, as soon as you cross things off the top, you add more to the bottom anyway. So, the end can be rather elusive!
So, I urge you to seek joy today…whatever that means to you. Because joy is nourishment.
And it is so important to nourish yourself. For when you nourish yourself you feel better and can give more. It’s quite simply better for you and everyone else around you.
So find what feels good to you…it could be speaking to a friend, singing along to your favourite songs, dancing around your kitchen, gardening, baking a cake, going for a walk or a swim. Whatever it is for you, just do it and do it often! It doesn’t have to take a lot of time but it does need to happen - for you and those around you.
Know that you deserve the joyous life that you can create.
For me, simply listening to music can really enrich my life. Music that I love moves me in ways that are deep. Songs connect me to memories and feelings so quickly that sometimes it takes me by surprise. It can be emotional.
Some songs remind me of how far I have come and how much I have changed. Some remind me of aspects of myself that I have not embraced for some time. Some allow me space to reflect and some allow me the opportunity to simply revel in exuberant song and dance!
I have to seek the right music for what I feel that I need in that moment. It’s an intuitive process. If it doesn’t feel right, on with the search until finally I find it and…ahh, it really hits the spot.
Singing and dancing along with my favourite songs in the kitchen whilst making tea or doing the dishes is such a simple act but to me…well it just feels so good.
Often the simplest things can make the biggest difference. The simple things are usually more do-able, more sustainable and can enhance your life in ways that are just beautiful.
And even in the darkest of times, light can be found if you only look for it. And in my experience, the more joyful moments I create, the more I open my eyes to the joy all around me.
So go on, choose joy!