I have a full day in progress, some work and mostly mundane chores that still need to get done. I also received hard, sad news yesterday, had strange dreams that shocked me awake with my heart fluttering, and had a pressing headache–from the tip of my nose down to my aching shoulders–before I even opened my eyes. None of that changes all the tasks ahead of me today.
And so I will choose joy.
I may require extra coffee and ibuprofen, notes to self to unclench my jaw and stretch, and refilling my water bottle more than normal. But I will still choose joy.
I will set timers to be productive and take breaks.
I will involve the kids, turn on music, and transform cleaning into a dance party.
I will offer myself periodic rewards for work well done, something as simple as a head massage in the shower I won’t get until this afternoon.
I will step outside and feel the warmth of the sun.
I will notice gratitude–for the sun, for the new crop of grape tomatoes growing in our container garden that will explode deliciousness in our mouths, for the company of the people I love living under our roof.
I will breathe deeply.
I will engage my senses–what can I see, hear, smell, taste, and touch that adds beauty to this very moment?
I will pet the pets and laugh at their antics. Maybe I’ll look up silly animal videos on one of my breaks.
I will give myself bear hugs.
I will say YES and Thank You to whatever this day holds, all the imperfections and the missed expectations and the mess and the wild and precious ordinary 1440 minutes (or however many are left) in this day.
How will you choose joy today?