A touch of joy for your New Year

I originally wasn’t going to write anything for the New Year as I thought it might be nice to give writing (and reading) a rest for a bit. But then something occurred to me this morning that I really wanted to share. Over the last few weeks I’ve been playing around with the idea of JOY and how to bring more of it into my life. I’m naturally an upbeat, glass-half-full kind of girl but I’ve started to notice my pattern of making what could be a joyous moment into something quite serious.

I take my exercise seriously, my writing seriously, my relationships seriously, my coaching seriously, even my New Year intentions seriously. Not that serious is a bad thing, in fact, it’s great. It means I care.  A LOT. It also means that with that seriousness comes a heaviness that I’m rather tired of carrying around.

This realization came during my most recent visit home when, while enjoy tea and peanut butter brownies, my mother shared what I was like as a baby. “You were all smiles,” she said. “I couldn’t wait to get you in the morning. I’d walk into your room and there you’d be, standing in your crib, waiting for me with a giant shining smile on your face. It was the best gift and I loved every minute of it.”

I don’t know about you but I certainly don’t wake up with a giant shining smile most mornings. And I’d like to. I’d like to be like that happy baby again. So I thought, "She is me, for goodness sake, so why can’t I channel that energy from my younger self to my current self?"

And that got me thinking, rather than focusing on my intentions, rather than trying to get strategic and controlling about where I want my life to go in the next 12 months, what if I were to simply wake up with a smile? What if I met the day with JOY, not for what I have, what I want to create, what I’ve accomplished, or for the people I’ve helped, but just because I’m here, because the sun rose again and it’s time to engage with the world?

And so that’s how I’m spending my New Year’s day, seeing how many times I can experience joy in the simplest of ways.

The good news is, I already have, by sharing this with you. The rest of my day is unknown, open and there’s joy in the freedom of that too.

I’d love for you to try this with me.  See if you can wrap yourself in the wonder of a child and let even just an ounce of joy in every day. Let it come in the flowers you smell, the texts you send, the dinner you cook, the sky you see, the laughter you share, the work you do.

My intention is to infuse each day of 2015 with joy and see how that changes the weight of my seriousness and the course of my year. It may do amazing, life altering things. It may simply make my mornings brighter. Either way, it’s a win.

This is certainly a cutting edge endeavour for me and I will be sure to report back. So far, as of 8:45 am on day ONE, so good! (And if you choose to do this with me, please keep me in the loop on how it rolls out for you. I want to hear all about it.)

All of my love and here’s to a touch of joy each day of your 2015.


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