Last week I promised to actually set a goal and put effort into fulfilling that commitment, because as I’ve gotten older I’ve quit trying. Life has been all about going through the motions and following routines.
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”
– Thich Nhat Hahn, Buddhist Monk
Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
– Lucille Ball
I have recently had an epiphany … I’ve forgotten how to try.
When I was younger, everything needed effort. I had to work hard to get through university, and work crappy old jobs after a full day of classes. Once I finished school I had to learn how to do a job, and how to cook and manage a house. Then I had to learn how the stock market works, and how to save money. You know the drill.
But now, as a fully grown adult, I don’t really have to put in any effort. And, in fact, I have forgotten how to actually put my nose to the grindstone.
This week, this one week, I’m going to put on effort in one area – working out. At least 5 times in the next week I will work out first thing in the morning, before I do anything else. Well, I’ll feed the cats, but then I will walk or use the elliptical or go to the gym at work.
Hold me to this, will ya?
You’re not going to make me have a bad day. If there’s oxygen on earth and I’m breathing, it’s going to be a good day.
– Cotton Fitzsimmons, basketball coach
Monday after Super Bowl. (Atlanta lost. Nuff said)
Some difficult/challenging things going on with my family. (Prayers)
But every day is a good day. And there is a reason to find joy every single day.
Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.
Michael Jordan, basketball player
This week’s Joyful focus is admittedly biased. My NFL team is the Atlanta Falcons. We fans have endured agony and frustration over the past many years, but this Sunday, February 5, they are playing in Super Bowl LI.
As much as I want them to win, I want everyone involved to enjoy it. Soak up every moment, play hard, and have fun. It’s a joyful lesson for all of us … enjoy every moment.
Each Monday in 2017 I am going to post one quote as motivation for a great week for me and for anyone who follows. My focus is “Joy”!
20 25already. When I sat down and seriously wrote my goals a few weeks ago I thought I’d have good progress by now. But in truth, not so much.
I’m struggling with getting back on my eating program. There’s the option to purchase the videos again, and I think that’s what I’ll have to do. They’re expensive, but damn it, I need someone to nag me. That’s why I pay a trainer at the gym when I have everything I need right in our basement!
My daily meditations aren’t daily. My plan was to do them every morning, early (I do get up at 5 am!) yet I’m still wasting time on the computer.
My lack of compliance with my eating and meditation program both have one thing in common, and of course it’s me! Me not walking away from a computer, TV or sewing machine to stop for 20 minutes and do things that will positively impact my life.
The one thing I’ve learned from the 10% Happier meditation app I’m using is this … when you go off course, or when your mind wanders, just stop, refocus, and Begin Again. (The primary meditation guide says this constantly so it’s becoming a mantra.) Today, today, today, I will Begin Again. Right now. Going to do a meditation.