“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” – Marianne Williamson
Doable – 20 minutes a day. Morning and evening, bookend your day with a gratitude practice to create meaning and depth of the space in between. It takes repetition, practice, intention, attention and mindfulness to bear fruit of joy, peace, delight and awe. Do the work.
Take inventory of blessings and gifts, be grateful in this very moment. If we can’t see what already is, it will be impossible to ever be satisfied. Pursue light and expansion, leaving fear and scarcity in the dust.
Each of us is the gardener of our own life. Stop waiting for others or circumstances to change to produce steady-state contentment for yourself. Plant your own seeds of gratitude, whole-heartedness, optimism, kindness, generosity, enthusiasm, imagination and light.
Growth, gratitude and expansion come from an active cycle of planting, cultivating, waiting and harvesting the bounty found in mere seeds. What we actively plant, we actively reap. If we plant nothing and expect a harvest, we come up disappointed, empty again and again. Plant the seeds, seek the light.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”
The strong oak begins with one acorn. Plant, cultivate, harvest.
“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.” James Allen