If your social media feeds are anything like mine, you’ve spent the last week watching everyone you know live their very best lives. You’ve seen some of the happiest families imaginable, gorgeous holiday decorations, scrumptious food, insanely adorable children, people getting ALL the gifts, couples relaxing in exotic locations, and warm wishes filled with gratitude.
I also posted pictures of gingerbread houses and smiling faces. I enjoy seeing the happy times my friends and family are experiencing. My concern is with the perception social media can create that lots of people (most people) have everything they ever wished for, when the reality is that nobody does. The person with the smiling kids, may also be mourning a missing loved one. The person that is at the beach this year, may be struggling with infertility. That new car in the driveway with a bow on it, may be a last attempt to save a marriage or a way to ease a spouse’s long commute to a boring job.
We won’t get everything we want, but our greatest power comes from choosing to enjoy our lives anyway.
This week’s intention
My only wish for you this week is for you to set an intention to find joy in the life you already have, in spite of how the New Year tends to magnify our desire for change. There are things I wanted in my life that, unfortunately, I don’t have yet and may never have. I’m guessing the same is true for you. But one thing is for sure, this final day of 2018 and this new year ahead will bring both an opportunity to focus on what we lack OR an opportunity to focus on the things that bring us joy. I hope you choose joy, because choosing joy will give you the capacity to work with purpose and have a greater impact on the world in 2019.
My intention is to find joy in the life I lead.
That’s it, no questions this week unless you want or need to revisit our end of year reflection posts. I’ve placed their links below. Also, my winter newsletter comes out tomorrow filled with a key seasonal exercise along with video, book and podcast recommendations to support you and the discovery of your most meaningful work. I hope you enjoy it! Visit the connect page and sign up to receive it, if you haven’t already.
See you next week!