I have been silent for quite a while. Sorry. I was busy traveling and then thinking things through. While I was away, I started reading three books. (Yes, I am one of those weirdos who reads several books at once.) One of the books that I began to read was Lean In by Sheryl Sanberg. Disclaimer: I read this book back when it was first published in 2012, but I was reading it with a different perspective in mind. I remembered learning a lot, feeling like someone was finally telling me the truth about what I was going to be facing as a woman about to hit the workforce. Now, In 2015, three years after entering the workforce I needed a refresher, a dose of hope and a reminder that I am not alone.
After reading the introduction and first two chapters, something important for me clicked. I know this is going to sound like a “no-brainer, ” but sometimes, I’m a little slow. I need to be and stay positive. But, at times there are people around me that I swear ” eat rainbows” for breakfast and “ride unicorns” to work. Their constant positivity used to make me think they needed a reality check. Yet, the more I thought about it, the more I realized–that rainbow eating, unicorn riding people–that’s who everyone else wants to be around.
I’m not saying I’m going to paint on a fake smile and lose my authenticity. I have never been good at faking anything. But, I am going to start doing everything I can to be authentically happy. Authentically grateful, authentically filled with joy. I know it is possible. I have met people who have survived worse situations than my own, who have had to “start over” more often than I have, who are without support and yet they truly have joy.
Cultivating this joyful authenticity isn’t going to happen over night, but I know it can happen. The first thing two things I am going to start doing is reading a Psalm of gratitude and listing 3-5 things that I am grateful for on a daily basis. I am going to need people to hold me accountable to these tasks. I will create an extra tab here titled “Gratitude Challenge.” Usually, I have done really good at this for a couple of weeks tops, but then, I taper off. Please hold me accountable!
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