Your Priority Should Be Joy. Here’s Why.

I’m a content creator for the The Good Quote. My blog titled, “Joy Should Be Your Priority. Here’s Why.” was written for The Good Quote and published on December 9, 2017.

First allow me to emphasize, we aren’t here to pay bills and die, to be a slave to our environment. We are here to live and we are here to thrive!

When we are in joy, all the things we think we “have to” do, miraculously get done. Sometimes those “have to” dos are accomplished by someone else or they just become less important. When this happens, we then find we have more time than we thought to enjoy the very things that bring us happiness.

I equate joy to sunshine and without sunshine, we are deprived of nature’s vital nutrients and vitamins. Without these vital nutrients and vitamins, we are not able to be as healthy as we could be. It’s the same with joy. Without joy in our lives, our spirit (which eventually manifests physically in our bodies) wilts away like a flower without sunlight.

Here’s why joy is essential to our livelihoods and why we need to make time for it:

  • Joy is infectious – it spreads. So does hate and anger. Joy can heal our minds, bodies and soul. Hate and anger breeds dis-ease in our bodies and spreads into our environment and in our relationships. Which would you rather spread?
  • Joy, along with laughter, sunshine and plenty of water, are some of the best medicines out there.
  • The Universe rewards us with more joy when we experience joy. Like attracts like. Who cannot use more joy?

The point here is, please do not lose sight of what brings you joy. If you feel there’s no time for joy because there’s too much to do or you experience feelings that life is just plain hard, then it might be time to visit the potential limiting beliefs residing in your subconscious. It is our divine birth right to experience and have joy in our lives.

Whatever It Is That Brings You Joy, Do That

I’m a contributing blogger for the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA). My blog titled, “Whatever It Is That Brings You Joy, Do That” was written for ACHA and published on December 6, 2017.

Wow, where does the time go? This past year has flown by. It seems not much has happened but when I look back, a lot has happened. I continue to feel great and believe I am healthier than I’ve ever been.

At the beginning of the year, instead of New Year’s resolutions, I made a “to-do” list for the year. I can say I accomplished at least half, if not more, on my “to-do” list.

I promised myself I would create more joy by spending more time with my friends and being social. Check! I attended concerts (Bush or Depeche Mode anyone? Neither ought to be missed!), I took acting classes to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, I braved the masses for four days at Comic-Con in San Diego and I traveled to Death Valley by myself. Death Valley is unlike anything you have ever seen. It’s worth the trip.

I also promised myself I would be more active. I did a lot of hiking at the beginning of the year. I checked hiking to the Hollywood sign off my bucket list. I attempted to join a formation running group this summer at work. One of our executives is a former Marine so I thought since it’s typically a slower run, it would be easier. Though everyone was extremely supportive, I wasn’t progressing like everyone else. I was falling further and further behind while everyone was getting better. I don’t like slowing others down, so I dropped out of the group.

Meanwhile, throughout the year my EP doctor was monitoring me and the increases of atrial fibrillation I was having. My doctor had called me in January and presented the ideas of medication and an ablation. I prefer to avoid both as much as possible, so he agreed to monitor it until my annual appointment in October.

When I saw him in October, I had had 39,000 episodes of atrial fibrillation since January. My cardiologist said it was probably why I was having such a hard time with the running group or exercising in general. It made sense, as I noticed I had stopped hiking on the weekends and my overall activity level dropped the latter half of the year.

I opted for an ablation just this past month over medication. I felt better for a couple days afterwards, then started to feel worse than before the ablation. I went back to the doctor and he made adjustments to my pacemaker. Instantly, I felt better.

I don’t define myself by my heart disease. I don’t feel like a warrior or a survivor, it just is. I find myself disheartened when I do get “sick.” I have to remind myself, this is par for the course and a necessary “tune-up” or adjustment. It doesn’t define me. Then I think of the many others who must deal with these things and a whole lot more day-in and day-out. I wish it were easy to pull out of the depressive state we sometimes can find ourselves in when we don’t feel well. There’s no easy “fix.” But I have come to believe that joy, laughter, and some sunshine (oh, and water too) are some of the best medicines out there.

I’m from the school of thought, what you focus on, you create. You may have heard, “Where attention goes, energy flows.” It can be difficult to not focus on our illness when we must deal with it on a daily basis, but if we can focus on being healthy and find the things that brings us joy more than our illness, the limits of healing are endless. Besides, it’s so much more fun!

My wish for you this holiday season is to have more joy in your lives. Experience something new, even though it may be scary. Go outside more. Absorb the natural healing properties of nature and the sun. Spend more time with friends and family and embrace their love and support. Whatever it is that brings you joy, do that.

And we mustn’t forget ACHA. They are doing the heavy lifting for us so we can focus on healing and taking care of ourselves and our family. There is joy in knowing someone has our back when it comes to providing expert care for our specific conditions and fighting for us on Capitol Hill. I know for me, it’s a relief. Consider thanking them with an end-of-year donation. I know I will.

Gratitude – Let’s Count Our Blessings

I’m a content creator for the The Good Quote. My blog titled, “Gratitude – Let’s Count Our Blessings” was written for The Good Quote and published on November 24, 2017.

It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in America where we celebrate the blessings of the year, and traditionally, the harvest.

Falling on the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving is when the Fall season has descended upon us, which means the leaves on trees begin to turn colors (unfortunately, not in California, where I sit), the aroma of pumpkin permeates the air (and every food group), and the temperatures are typically cooler. I would love nothing more than to spend my days curled up on my favorite chair with a blanket, a good book and a delicious latte.

I love this time of year. Fall is my favorite season and Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Why, you ask? I’m thankful all year long with no need of a holiday to remind me to be thankful, but Thanksgiving emphasizes there is much to be grateful for when you are surrounded by family, an overabundance of food and drink and where everyone is happy, loving and healthy (I hope for most families anyway).

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’d like to take this opportunity to express what I am thankful for. It might spark a quiet moment to count your blessings. Read More

The Child Inside

I’m a content creator for the The Good Quote. My blog titled, “The Child Inside” was written for The Good Quote and published on November 14, 2017.

The notion of “we’re all just children inside trying to find our way in the dark” is a truth we sometimes forget. Ukrainian artist Alexander Milov’s sculpture speaks volumes through its two wire adult figures, each with their inner child reaching out to one another. Every one of us is stumbling not only to find each other, but to also find our way back to ourselves, to the love within. Read More

Being a Light for Others

I’m a content creator for the The Good Quote. My blog titled, “Being the Light for Others” was written for The Good Quote and published on October 29, 2017.

Being the Light for Others
The key is, loving ourselves

The darkest of days seem to be upon us: natural disasters in every corner of the world, hidden truths being revealed, our own personal crises.  I believe we are all struggling somehow and some more than others. With so much that needs to be “done” in our world, to assist one another, where do we start? How can we help? Read More

Magic: Trust. Know. Believe.

I’m a content creator for the The Good Quote. My blog titled, “Magic: Trust. Know. Believe” was written for The Good Quote and published on October 18, 2017.

A couple of years ago, I spent an afternoon playing with my then five-year-old niece. We were in a land of make believe: dragons, unicorns, and sword fighting. As children do, she had (and still has) a wild imagination and a love of unicorns. That day, I remember her saying, “No Auntie, pretend.” Oh how we lose our creativity, our playfulness, our imagination and a belief in magic as we get older. Much of our focus is usually work, bills, kids and stress. And when things do not happen fast enough, we become even more frustrated. Read More

The Power of Faith

I’m a content creator for the The Good Quote. My blog titled, “The Power of Faith” was written for The Good Quote and published on October 1, 2017.

The Power of Faith
With faith and unwavering belief, nothing’s impossible

I have always held the belief that all my needs in life would be taken care of. I believed my parents, who have both passed, would never have let me become homeless or starve. I believed, even in my younger years when things were tight, scraping change together for a meal, I would never starve. Read More

Get Uncomfortable

I’m a content creator for the The Good Quote. My blog titled, “Get Uncomfortable” was written for The Good Quote and published on October 1, 2017.

Get Uncomfortable, How resisting change stunts our growth

Someone once told me, “Get uncomfortable, have a good life.” I know; it seems counterintuitive.

The belief is, the more we are comfortable with being uncomfortable, the more we flow with life and the more we flow with life, the easier our lives become.

We’re living in a period of uncertainty. Economic uncertainty. Political uncertainty. Uncertainty in our relationships. Uncertainty can stir up a lot of fear and fear at its core is being afraid of change. I find most people are resistant to change. Read More

Breaking Free

I’m a content creator for the The Good Quote. My blog titled, “Breaking Free” was written for The Good Quote and published on September 23, 2017.

Limiting Beliefs, Breaking Free and Living Life to the Fullest

The discussion of limiting beliefs seems to be a hot topic these days. Everything I have read suggests we already know what our liming beliefs are. It’s easy for most of us to say we have a fear of rejection or a fear of failure, or we will never lose weight or men only like skinny women. Limiting beliefs, such as these and more, can paralyze us and keep us from living a life true to ourselves. Read More

The Healer Within

I’m a content creator for the The Good Quote. My blog titled, “The Healer Within” was written for The Good Quote and published on September 23, 2017.

The Healer Within
Learn to heal yourself with alternate healing methods

We all have the innate ability to heal ourselves. If you’re seeking a natural option or alternative to Western medicine, devote time to learning a variety of healing modalities. There are many types of healing modalities from acupuncture and acupressure to chakra and healing touch, to shamanic healing and Reiki. Not all healing modalities will be for you, however. Take what resonates and leave the rest.

With each healing modality, there are practitioners who specialize in specific forms of alternative or energy healing. Every healer is unique, bringing their individualized gifts to the world. Read More