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Daily Message – April 23, 2024

Words of Serenity #501 Daily Message quote that says, "You CAN handle everything that comes your way with ease and with joy"

You CAN manage everything that comes your way, with ease and with joy.

Life on earth is not easy for anyone.

We all go through challenges that stretch and force us to grow, often with a lot of discomfort and typically against our will.

I don’t think any of us would WISH for the pain we face periodically. We would all probably prefer to get some sort of psychic download that says, “Okay, it’s time to level up now!” and then instantly find ourselves wiser, stronger, and better than before. No trials required.

But that’s not how things work. 

9 times out of 10 our strength, resilience, and character are developed over the course of a transformation season.

Whether it lasts days, weeks, months, or years, we typically have to go through an extended duration of investing our time, energy, and intention into learning, growing, healing, and evolving.

And the process isn’t necessarily always fun.

It’s like working out. You have to go to the gym consistently to build a physique you’re proud of, and you typically won’t see the results of your efforts until the 4 – 6 week mark.

Similarly, we have to spend time strengthening our mental and spiritual “muscles” to enjoy lasting change that ultimately shapes our lives for the better.

The process is the process, whether we like it or not. What I’ve learned to do is focus on enjoying the journey.

 I’ve noticed that when I resist, complain, and hate every second of the transformation season it feels like it lasts forever. It becomes a never-ending cycle of misery, day in and day out.

But when I choose to find JOY in the journey, things flow effortlessly.

The lessons that I need to learn come to me quickly and I understand them easily.

I start to delight in the process of letting go because I’m excited for the new that is to come.

I feel far more grace and compassion for myself, and everyone around me.

I stop waiting for an end goal or date to feel “happy” and learn to feel happy every day, no matter what is happening.

It’s a daily, and sometimes hourly, choice. One that’s NOT always easy to make.

Sometimes things just suck. But that doesn’t mean that I have to deprive myself of peace and joy.

I’m not obligated to live in misery, and neither are you!

I deserve to be filled with joy. And so do you!

Today I encourage you to choose to find joy in the journey regardless of what is happening around you.

Ask yourself questions like:

  • How much JOY can I feel right now?
  • What do I LIKE about what’s happening right now?
  • What do I LIKE about my life today?
  • How much GRATITUDE can I feel today?
  • What are 5 things I’m grateful for right now?

Set reminders throughout the day to do these check ins regularly until they become a habit.

The secret to “romanticizing your life” is learning to love the life you live.

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