I CHOOSE TO FOCUS ON JOY THIS SEASON – JILL RAIGUEL, MFT
Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken for the Soul, said, “Let joy be your GPS.”
With the recent shootings in San Bernardino, California, we can easily get over-focused on fear. Some may start to worry too much; and some may even get hyper-vigilant. That means the terrorists have won; they’ve intimidated us. And, it’s so easy to fall victim to our fears when violent news clips are plastered all over the TV and social media all day long.
Well, I choose not to be afraid and intimidated. But as a therapist, I know I have to substitute something positive in its place. I need to distract myself with positive images and positive messages.
Then, I happened to listen to Jack Canfield being interviewed on OWN’s Super Soul Sunday. Jack said, “Let joy be your GPS.” That was just what I needed; I choose to focus on joy. That doesn’t mean I don’t care or have compassion for victims and their families; it means I can’t get stuck on the violence and horrors. And, as a highly sensitive person, I can do that easily.
What gives me joy? Singing my favorite Christmas carols; visiting friends; seeing holiday lights; looking at a flower. And, my little two-year-old neighbor saying, “Hi, Jill,” as best she can. What gives you joy?
But Jack has a bigger message than just what brings you joy. He means use joy as your inner guidance system. If what I’m doing brings me joy, its right. That tells me I to keep it in my life. If not, it’s not right. What a simply, but powerful message!
What gives you joy? What drains you of joy and energy? What are you doing based on “shoulds?” So, this season I choose joy over fear. I will be alert but not afraid. I’ll focus on the light, and not the dark. And, I’ll put a sticky note on my computer that says: LET JOY BE MY GPS. Thanks, Jack.
Jill Raiguel, MFT, is the author of Alternative Healing Beyond Recovery, psychotherapist and shamanic soul retrieval practitioner. Visit www.jillibean.com for more or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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