Working on the growth and understanding of myself can be an elusive path. I try to reflect and document as much as I can. This has allowed me to be reflective, see my growth, acknowledge where I have shortcomings. I have been growing my joy in big ways but working on ways to grow my joy in the little steps along the journey.
I dove into all the things that made me happy. I wrote, read, painted, shared stories with Sophia, and connected with family, especially my elders. I find my grip on the façade of control loosening and I became more open to being in the flow. When I feel friction I simply remind myself I am not in the flow, and release.
I found joy in walking in nature daily, now hitting an average of 3 miles a day. If you told me in January that I’d be walking three miles each day I would have laughed. Now look at me, walking and loving it. Joy expressed itself back to me as grace given when I fall short. Instead of shame or negative thoughts I think, “how lovely it is to be seen as more than a task?”, and continue on.
Well the little things are essential to getting through every day. I hope you can find joy in your journey in the small mundane motions of each day. Let this joy foster a welcomed feeling of release. Be open to the flow of life and you’ll find joy in your journey.