I sat at work the other morning, awaiting the start of our staff meeting. Our staff meetings, that while always lead to incredible amounts of learning, opportunity, and motivation, also entail anxiety for the work that is piling during these long days, the feeling of intensity that these meetings can bring from hard decisions that have to be made, and all the stresses of the outside world that cloud my head. But that day, we began our meeting by being asked to think of a word. One single word. A word that held meaning, motivation, and that we could look at every day and be reminded of what is important to us.
Although very different from all of my other posts on this blog, I was incredibly inclined to share this with all of you. It is very easy to get stuck in the rut of our daily lives. Whether it is the stresses of work, the continuation of house chores that never get accomplished, bills that keep piling up, etc., it can almost feel impossible not to continuously dread your next task on your to do list or a commitment you have made. But what if we all took just a second of our time every day to remind ourselves of a word that encompasses meaning and brings calmness to our daily lives? One that reminds us not to take a single day for granted, to continue to improve ourselves, to always help others, etc.
My word? Enjoy.
I chose the word enjoy, because I want to start making an effort to enjoy the things that surround me in my everyday life. Instead of dreading the fact that I have to work an 8 hour day, I want to take time to enjoy the fact that I get to go to work to a job that I love, and one that I get to help people and make a difference in the world. And instead of reeling in the thought of having to go home and slave over dinner, I want to stop and take in the moments that both me and my fiance are in the kitchen together, spending time with one another in our lovely home. Because it is important to focus on the aspects in our lives that make us happy, instead of those that bring us angst. As cliché as this saying is, we truly need to look at the glass half full instead of half empty, like our minds almost instantly persuade us to do.
So with this post, I encourage all of you to take a moment and truly ponder the things in your life that bring you joy. Start with those that are obvious, your hobbies, the significant people in your life, etc., and then move on to those that aren’t so obvious. My busy schedule brings me joy, because although it can truly exhaust me, having a busy schedule for me means that my days are filled with house projects, spending time with friends, quality time with family, volunteering, and all while standing next to my partner and crime, my wonderful fiance.
What word inspires you to look at the glass half full? What aspects of your life bring you joy, even when they may also cause you stress and exhaust you?
I hope all of you are able to take even one tiny ounce of happiness and relief from these words, because that would bring me abundant amounts of joy.
This post done with no paint, just a lot of love 🙂