The other day I was standing outside watching my daughter jump on the trampoline. Her hair was flying in the air and the whole backyard was lit up by her energy. I thought about jumping with her, but then I thought, “I have too much to do right now. I’ll go in with her later.”
As I was walking back in the house, I had the awareness that if I didn’t create the time and space to have some play and fun in my life, life would get hard, mostly because that was the point of view I was choosing about my work. That work and fun don’t go together. Oh, but they do!
I turned around, got in the trampoline, and allowed myself to play with my daughter and just enJOY life. It didn’t take long. Within five minutes I was feeling totally light, happy, and joyful. I got back in the house, sat at my desk, and work suddenly didn’t feel like work, but a celebration and honoring of me.
How many times have you refused and rejected taking time to celebrate the completion of a project? Or taking time to acknowledge yourself for the work you’ve done, for managing all the tasks you had on your to-do list, for getting the pile of laundry folded after it has been sitting there for two weeks? Or taking time to just sit outside in the morning with a cup of coffee or tea, and a good book in hand as an honoring of you? It’s more than just sitting in front of the T.V. and chilling out. It’s an actual intentional checkout.
If you have done any of the above, you’re already ahead of the pack. Most people don’t do any of it, and sometimes when they do it, they have guilt associated with it, or they’re simply not present because they are thinking of the thing they have to do next.
Consider the possibility that your life would be so much more expansive if you actually celebrated all that your life is without any judgments and limitations. What could open up for you that you have been too busy to be aware of?
What if you could wake up in the morning and choose joy regardless of what’s happening in your life? What if you set 30 mins each day in honoring of you? And what if you finished your day with celebration – no matter how big or how small? Life is so fickle and if we can choose to stop and celebrate our lives with joy, not only will our quality of life improve, but we can also make a difference in the lives of those around us.
I have a ritual I do every day that have made an enormous impact on how I live each day.
Before my feet even hit the floor in the morning, I start by asking questions and affirming my joy of living. Here are some of the questions and affirmations I use –
- What would it take for me to have joy and ease today?
- What would be fun for me to create today?
- Today I choose to be greater than I was yesterday.
- Universe, please show me something beautiful today.
- Everything that happened yesterday is in the past. Today I choose to be in the present.
I also give myself an hour to do my spiritual practice followed by 30 minutes of reading, watching an inspirational video on YouTube, listening to an audiobook, journaling, exercising, anything that is nurturing and caring for myself and my body. I do get up early so that I can gift myself the time that I require to start my day with joy.
Then at bedtime, I take a couple of minutes and just in my head, I thank the universe for it showing me something beautiful that day, and I also acknowledge myself and my body for the awarenesses I received that allowed me to move through the day with total ease and joy (even through any obstacles and challenges).
I don’t always get it perfectly, and that’s not what this is about. It’s about putting myself first so that I can expand myself to be with everyone in my world and with everything I have to get done with total joy.
Everything is a choice and the more awareness you can have based on your choices, the more you will choose what works for you. Are you willing to commit to choosing more joy and celebration in your life? Only you can decide.