If someone gives you three wishes, what do you choose? I would wish for big items – a European vacation, a paid off house, and a huge raise. It would take a magic genie to make most of these wishes come true.
But, I think I’d be missing the joy that is right in front of me. Where does joy live? Do you find joy in the big things or the small things? Is joy in someone else’s hands or in our own hands?
“Joy is not in things, it is in us.” ~ Richard Wagner
We often wait on others to bring us joy or make us feel happy. What if you could be your own genie? Grant your own wishes for joy.
Look inside yourself, and you will find at least three things that are important to you. Uncover joy by realigning with your values. Three things you can do every day that brings you joy.
“Joy is the feeling of grinning inside.” ~ Melba Colgrove
Choose to stop waiting for joy to find you. Stop waiting for magic or for others to make you happy. Instead, carve out time for what’s most important to you.
Identify Your Values
What do you value?
- Financial Independence
- Community Service
- Personal Growth
This list is not complete. It needs your thoughtful input. Add your own values, and pick the top three things that are most important to you.
Values In Action
If you’ve been feeling lost or scattered lately, realign yourself with what matters most to you. Align with your values by turning them into actions. Create meaningful routines you can do every day.
Here are the three simple actions I grant myself each day:
- Make meaningful contact with at least one friend or family member.
- Read something useful or inspirational.
- Move my body with physical activity.
I turned my values into actions that bring me joy. I don’t need a magical genie to make them happen. All I need is my intention to realign with what’s most important to me.
“I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace – a connection to what matters.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
Create Joy in Your Routines
Make a commitment to yourself. Stop waiting on joy to find you. And, realize your personal power to bring joy into your daily life.
Repeating your values in action doesn’t have to be doing the same exact thing each day. Add variety and spice to your routines, align them with your values, and bask in the joy you’re creating.
What 3 meaningful routines will you make room for each day? Where do you find joy?
Photo Credit: “Berry Good” by Pink Sherbert
Coming Soon: My e-book is finished on Taking Charge of Your Worry. It will be available October 2011!