I had a big "Ah-ha" moment last week. I hold the belief that where my focus and energy goes, my day goes, in terms of outcome. For example, if I wake up and say, " Oh crap, not another work day!" that trend will continue for the rest of the day because I will notice only the things that fit that negative expectation. If I wake up and say, "Who knows what wonders this day will bring?" I will look for good stuff to happen and notice when it does.
However, I found that words, as powerful as they can be, are empty without corresponding action. Last week, I had a series of days that started off with a positive intention but ended with mental exhaustion even though nothing was really "wrong". The culprit? Well, I started my work day with the most difficult, boring, or meaningless tasks on my to-do list so that I could "get them over with". My mind became so obsessed with "getting things done" that I just kept going for hours, no pauses for appreciation and no time for fun or relaxation. By the end of the day, I had missed the potential for good, the evidence of Love all around and within me. Even though I intended to make room in my day for "wonders", I left no time in my schedule for them to happen! Have you been there?
So this week I have a new plan called "Start the day with Love". The first itm on my to-do list is something that feeds my heart, my soul, or my creative spirit. One day Love took the form of calling a friend. Another day Love was looking at the ocean while I drove to town to get my favorite coffee. Today Love was watching a motivational video. I am starting to get excited about the form that Love will take tomorrow.
Knowing a bit about how the brain works and noting my experience so far, I anticipate that the energy of Love will propel me into a day that is more productive and happy and lead me to a place of inner peace like you see in my photo. I will be ending the day with Love also. How cool is that!