I am remembering that more and more. My intention is joy. My intention is joy.

It can be so easy to get caught up in all I have to do and everything that needs to happen. It can be so easy to be swept away by the (sometimes) powerful fears and “yuckies” that surge through me at times. It can be so easy to slip into my old patterns of pushing and striving and aiming for perfection.

My intention is joy.

Yes, I believe that looking for the best in situations and people can help bring out the best in situations and people. Yes, I believe that looking for the good brings me more good. Yes, I believe that focusing on what’s working, or what delights me, is more effective than focusing on what needs fixing or what upsets me. I may or may not be right (or wrong) about all of these, but I do know that when I look for the best, look for the good, and focus on what’s working and what delights me, I feel better.

Simple as that. The irrational, overwhelming fears and “yuckies” lessen or slip away.

My intention is joy.

It used to be that my intention was growth or achievement. I still have lists of things I have to do, and I still get a thrill when I cross things off my lists. But more and more I’m remembering that I am a human being, not a human doing, and that there is (almost) always time to find a reason to laugh or to smile or to connect meaningfully with another person, and that my life is better when I notice the beauty of a flower or the breeze upon my skin.

My intention is joy.

Things are getting more and more wacky as the book launch gets closer and closer. I’ve scheduled (or almost scheduled) nine events, with more to come. I’ve revealed the stories of my childhood to friends, clients, and strangers who didn’t know and (in my warped thinking) might judge me harshly for my past. I’ve had two media interviews to date – vacillating between wondering what I have of interest to share and knowing I have so much of interest to share. I have three blog posts to write for other blogs, two blog posts to write for mine, and umpteen details to take care of.

My intention is joy.

When I hit overwhelm or fear, I remember that. And then I remember it again. My intention is to have fun with this, to spread hope and love with this, and to find as much joy as I can suck out of this world (and to share as much joy as I can throw into this world).

My intention is joy.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, and please share this post with others if it resonates with you!

Photo by Peter Conlan on Unsplash

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