This is often the time of year when folks make resolutions to make those changes, right? That list of things we want to acquire or become. That list of idealized desires and goals. This isn't something I've ever really practiced. Instead, I choose to make two mental lists sometime between New Year's Eve and New Year's Day: what I like about myself and what I'm grateful for in my life. As I've read in many Oprah magazine articles and self-help type books, gratitude is believed to be the true path to joy. Perhaps you've kept a gratitude journal or simply count your blessings on a regular basis. Many may believe it's a bunch of hokum, but perhaps joy is truly found in recognizing and appreciating the good in our lives, no matter how large or small.
Some days, being grateful for my cat cuddling and purring on my lap brings me delight. Experiencing a sunny day when I'm off work and have time to appreciate how the light filters to the forest floor brings gladness. A good meal. A conversation with an old friend. A nice customer. A belly laugh or even a quick giggle. Jubilation isn't far away if we make the effort to simply see it and value it.
With that, I've thought of a word that I plan to work into my existence during 2015.
That word is PURPOSEFUL.