Choose Joy!

I had a good long conversation with a friend the other day. We hadn’t spoken in a while and much had taken place since the last tine we connected, I left my full time job, I started working with my husband, Dr. Kent at Holistic Chiropractic and Healing Arts Center, as well as full time at our two yoga studios, Divine Power Yoga. Some days the transition has felt seamless and wonderful. Other days it’s been frustrating and lonely. I’m learning the ropes of a new job and in many ways Kent and I are figuring it out as we go along. I start each day with a to-do list but then Kent has other ideas and I get pulled in lots of different directions. I wonder where my autonomy went. I wonder where my sanity went. As we talked, I shared all of this with my friend who tried to be encouraging without discounting my feelings, which I really appreciated.

Later that day, I dropped him a quick note thanking him for the conversation and I realized that I might have made it all sound harder/worse than it really is. I told him that I forgot to mention all the good things happening and the many things I take for granted each day. I GET to do the work I choose and not what someone else tells me to do (except for Kent 🙂 ). We are healthy and happy. We have wonderful, supportive family and enjoy our children and grandchild (soon to be grandchildren!). We GET to do yoga and share it with others. We GET to bring healing to others. We GET to coach people back to wholeness. We have a roof over our heads, healthy food in the frig and a dog who loves us. We have friends to play with and have the opportunity to explore new possibilities each and every day.

You see, it’s all about perspective. It’s all about choosing. I could choose negativity and sadness but instead I chose gratitude and appreciation. In the movie The Cure Is…. (downloadable online), it seems that everything in our lives comes down to attitude. When we get sick, do we choose fear or courage? When we meet a barrier, do we choose discouragement or determination? When we have free time, do we choose more work or play? It seems that our choices impact our well-being and our very health. Of course, it’s natural to feel sad, tired, discouraged from time to time….but the big question is, do you stay there? Or do you choose something different?

In the midst of SOOOO many gifts, I had started to choose negativity that day on the phone…..but in the end, I chose positivity, potential and gratitude. This holiday season, Dr. Kent and I are grateful for each of you and the part you play at Divine Power Yoga. We are grateful that you continue to trust us with your health and that you continue to choose us to walk along side you.

In the midst of shopping, cooking, cleaning, wrapping and all that comes along with the holidays, I encourage you….do what you need to to choose happiness….choose JOY….for you, for your life, for the many blessings you have and for your health.

May the peace of the season fill your heart,