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Just Write Entry 19: Happiness is Something We Go Through...

Just Write is written on a post-it taped to the inside of my computer. As I continue down the road of my own journey of self-development and discovery, I have challenged myself to wake-up each morning and JUST WRITE. These two words inspire me, even when I am feeling empty, to Just Write. I aim for twenty minutes each morning sometimes less, sometimes more, but I always walk away feeling better than I started. These blog entries are the product of following through on this commitment to myself. There is no rhyme or reason other than to Just Write. I am glad you are here. Perhaps I can inspire you to go more in the direction of vulnerability and curiosity  of how this simple act can play a part in your overall well-being when YOU JUST WRITE .

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Inspired from one of my kids favorite books Going on a Bear Hunt. Happiness is something we go through. We can not go under it. We can not go over it. We can not go around it. We must go through it, but more importantly we must grow through it. Recently, I have given a lot of time to research and read  on the subject of happiness, habits and overall wellness and there are always parallels that overlap in any book I read. Happiness is not a final destination, surrounds us at all times and is accessible to everyone. Happiness is something we create and is a choice we make either consciously or subconsciously. Happiness is simple, but what is simple is not always easy. These Just Write entries have become a source of happiness for me. Happiness is growth. I have committed to show up everyday and Just Write.  Realistically, I aim for two to three entries every week and write every one in between the early hours of 4:54-6:45. This time has become a source of my stillness and in a very demanding society, stillness is also a source of my happiness, and yours too, if you allow it. I would go one further to say that my stillness is a source of joy. Realizing that not everyone experiences joy or even happiness daily and showing gratitude every morning that I not only create it, I experience living happily and joyfully, everyday. Why between the hours of 4:54-6:45 am you ask? Because, honoring that commitment to myself forces growth, creates momentum and many days it is through this practice I build on the momentum that is created right here. I am more successful in my professional life when I Just Write silly as that may sound. How do you create momentum?  That does not mean I do not experience hurt, sadness, frustration, disappointment , betrayal, struggle and the like. I have had my share of each and will continue to experience all of those things and more for the rest of my life. It is what we do in those moments when we are hurting that matters and making a choice to or not to find your way back to happiness is in your control. Own it. Happiness is fluid and because there is no finish line the path to happiness may go out of focus often. Stillness and the practice of creating it  brings happiness back into focus.  Every Just Write entry challenges my creativity, discipline and fills me in a way that forces growth and movement in my mind. When I give time to this practice and nurture stillness the everyday world around me inspires me. At any moment I am more present in the ordinary and allow myself to not only see, but feel the beauty that surrounds us everyday.  Life is experienced in the ordinary moments. Do not take them for granted. Be present in them more often. My mom passed soon to be thirteen years ago. It is the ordinary moments that I come back to every. single. time.  When I challenge myself here I am more likely to challenge myself from this moment on throughout my day. I put no expectation on myself here. I have put myself in a box for far too long and through this stillness in the quiet hours of my morning I have shattered the box I put myself in. I show up everyday with the intention of pulling what is in my head and heart and typing the words seamlessly  and with ease. Some days flow much better than others and I often sidestep, pause, and ponder, but I do not get frustrated at myself. The goal is always to have a thought,  likely inspired by the day or week before, expand on that thought in a way that is empowering to me and perhaps you, then conclude in twenty minutes. Happiness is growth and growth can be challenging, but you are worth the fight. These Just Write entries are growth. When we challenge ourselves in a way, any way, really we manifest growth and in turn happiness ensues, if you choose it. I hope you choose happiness over and over over again, today and for the rest of your life. 


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