To choose joy

To choose joy

“Choosing to have joy is not naively thinking everything will be easy. It is courageously believing that there is still hope, even when things get hard.” ~Morgan Harper Nichols

Our culture often tells us that cynicism is the way to show how sophisticated and mature we are, but as I’ve watched spiritual greats like the late Desmond Tutu and Thich Nhat Hanh beam with childlike joy, I’ve come to believe that choosing joy is an act of courage and wisdom that far exceeds the easy cynicism our culture so values. How often do you choose joy even in the face of life’s hard times?

 

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Dancing through my day

Dancing through my day

“When I am grateful, I am neither rushing nor slouching through my day – I’m dancing.” ~Br. David Steindl-Rast

I spend most of my days rushing through them, scrambling to get as many things on my to do list done as possible. I’d rather be dancing. I guess it’s time for me to find my way back to the intentional practice of gratitude!

 

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What you scatter

What you scatter

“It is not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.” ~Helen Walton

On days when I’m hurting, anxious, exhausted, or stressed, it’s hard for me to bring my best self to my interactions. In those moments, remembering that what I put out in the world is the most important measure of my life motivates me to do my best even in the most trying moments.

What helps you bring your best self to the world around you on difficult days?

 

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How to change your life

How to change your life

“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.” ~Christopher K. Germer

We often treat self-compassion as an optional treat for when we have the time and energy for it, but self-compassion should be front and center of the way we treat ourselves. It not only radically changes our lives for the better, it overflows into how we treat others to make the world around us a better place too.

 

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Love empowers transformation

Love empowers transformation

“Go and love someone exactly as they are. And then watch how quickly they transform into the greatest, truest version of themselves. When one feels seen and appreciated in their own essence, one is instantly empowered.” ~Wes Angelozzi

This is just as true for yourself as for others. If you truly want to empower transformation into your best self, learning to love yourself exactly as you are is a much more successful path than self-criticism and self-berating. (Don’t believe me? Take a good look at how little self-criticism has supported positive transformation so far. Maybe it’s time to try self-love instead.)

 

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