During this past week, I gave a lot of thought to what I can do to bring more joy to my life. I was inspired by Brandi Reynolds the Joy Rebel and her Joy Declaration. Here’s mine.
1. I will do the best I can and not concern myself with absolute perfection. What’s important is that I tried my best.
2. I will celebrate my creativity in any way I can.
3. To the best of my ability, I will not harbor resentment. It’s as bad for the soul as smoking is to the lungs.
4. I will try to be a more uplifting person and less critical of people.
5. I need to mind my own business. Ultimately, this will make me a much happier person.
6. I will smile more and bitch less.
7. I hope to be more reflective and introspective, seeking quiet times to meditate about the joyful things in life. that make me happy.
8. I will fill my heart with God and pray daily.
9. I will realize I cannot change people. I have to accept them for who they are.
10. I will only surround myself with people who bring out the best in me.
11. I will always try to remember there are two sides to every story.
12. Forgiveness is powerful.
13. I will seek things in life that bring me bliss. I will follow that bliss to the best of my ability.
14. I will seek my life’s joy from my center, my core, and never, depend on another person to fulfill that joy. Personal happiness is obtained from within, not from outside sources.
15. I will fill myself up with joy and happiness, and will be generous and willing to ‘pour out’ that joy to those around me.
16. I will stand up for myself and will not allow anyone to bring me down.
17. I will apologize only when I really mean it, and if I truly think I’m wrong. I will no longer knuckle under and be ‘argued into a corner.
18. I am a worthy person and deserve to be happy.
19. I will continue to grow into a bubbly, sunshiney, artistic, sometimes bawdy mature woman who is young for her age.
20. More than anything I want to be loved. I will live my life with that goal in mind.
21. Art is my joy. I profess to infuse my life with the process of art, the love of art and the essence of art.
22. When it comes to my older children, I’ve resolved myself to keep my nose out of their business unless it involves me. I will ask them if they want my advise. My goal is to be a mother my children will want to turn to, not avoid. When a mother becomes bitchy, judgemental and interferring, they drive their children away. I won’t do that.