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Joyful in my now

I’ve decided to be joyful in my now.

I know – I decide this often. Over and over again I decide I’ll do it. Over and over again I recommit myself to it.

There is so much to be joyful about. There are so many reasons to smile. Even as I write this, I can feel the corners of my mouth turn up – and I haven’t even begun to list the many reasons yet.

There are the Ping-Pong games I played with my child. Yeah, he beat me. He beat me badly a number of times, but boy did we laugh. There are the peonies from my friend’s garden. There are the figs that my husband just dropped into the salad he’s making for dinner. Anticipatory joy.

There’s every time I pick up the Advanced Reader Copy of to the moon and back, and I see that it’s a book. A real book. My brother is here for the holiday weekend. I got a text from my childhood Church friends. Sitting in the passenger seat of the car as my youngest practices his driving. And on and on.

I’ve decided to be joyful even when it’s tough. Lean into the suck. Embrace the s—t. And look for joy. The sunshine, flowers, music, hugs. And on and on. By grace I am almost always able to pull myself out a bit and find a way to release. And find a way to joy.

That’s pretty much all I have to say about this for now, as I sit here in my now.

I’ve decided to be joyful in my now.

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Life is now

How many of us are waiting? Waiting until things are better. Waiting until we get the job. Until we fix the house. Until we fix our life.

What are we waiting for? Life is now.

Life is in this moment. What am I doing? How am I spending my time? What am I feeling? Who am I with?

Life is right now. Am I present? Am I happy? Am I loving and giving? Am I letting in ease and joy?

Life is here. Am I paying attention? Am I noticing and savoring? Am I letting it in?

It’s so easy to miss so much of it. It’s so easy to wait for later or to wait for more. It’s so easy to focus on the future or the past. But life is now.

My life is now. Here. In this moment. And it’s up to me whether I’m fully in my life or whether I’m waiting for something else.

How can I be more here and be more now? How can I pay more attention to my feet on the ground, my fingers on the keyboard? How can I give my full self to whomever I’m with and whatever I’m doing?

I breathe. I listen. I feel what’s going on in my body, and I heed what’s going on in my mind. I look at the people I’m with or the beauty that surrounds me.

I give it my all. All of my thoughts. All of my attention. All of my care.

Because life is now.

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I am Love Embodied

That’s what my friend “titled” me, when she titled all of us in our Positive Psychology program. Love Embodied. It was amazing how everyone’s new title fit – and captured – them so well. It was amazing how much mine was the essence of everything I believe and every way I want to be.

Love Embodied.

We had to define our purpose in our program. That was easy. My purpose is to love and be loved.

Perhaps I didn’t receive enough love – or at least enough healthy love – when I was young and that is why I love so much and so wholeheartedly. Perhaps my upbringing in a cult was destructive, but perhaps it also indoctrinated me to love with all my heart. Perhaps my journey towards health and recovery has taught me to come from love – self-love, love of others, love for the world – and to search out ways to connect and to share joy, beauty, and caring.

Whatever the reason, I love to love. And my friend recognized this. Recognized it enough to give me a nameplate.

Love Embodied.

I wear my new title proudly. I choose love each and every day. I love to love. I am Love Embodied.

I highly recommend it. It’s fun – and soul heartening – to love.

Love Embodied.

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