Oprah Winfrey quotes her beloved mentor Maya Angelou often...."When you know better, you do better". This powerful lesson continues to sustain me on a daily basis. Today I look for ways to feel better so that I CAN do better. Doing better often has to do with pleasing someone around me, or living up to the expectations of the Sherri I believe I am somehow supposed to be. Learning to identify the way I want to feel at the end of a day...just today...has given me the momentum I needed to begin to pull the pieces of my sometimes scattered life together and begun to sweep self-doubt out the back door.
Setting intentions may seem the same as setting goals to some folks. However, I choose to see intent as a divining rod. When I sit down with my journal and spend time deciding how I want to FEEL at the end of the day, it seems to point me in the direction of the things that will help me achieve that state. Writing down statements of desire such as: "I desire a feeling of accomplishment" or "I desire radiant health and well being" serve as a mile-marker on the journey to my goals. Somehow at the end of those days that I choose to make these declarations of desired feelings, the universe conspires to give me what I need to experience this way of being.
Yesterday I did an experiment. In my journal I spent time with my declarations of desired feelings - "peace in my spirit and acceptance of who I am and others as they are", "a clear, deep connection to the Divine so that Divine Light can flow through me to the world", "a feeling of accomplishment and creativity". At the end of my journal entry I made a list of things that I hoped to achieve for the week. I was amazed at the end of the day, in spite of a headache that gnawed at me, I was easily choosing to do many things I might normally put off. I also decided to track on my calendar what I did accomplish and although not much was on my original list, by the end of the day there were many things written down.
I know I discount the things that I do because hey...they just need to be done. Yet there is something about taking time to write down and look at what I do on a daily basis, that is amazingly empowering. Being grateful for the ability to do the things I do, allowing myself to celebrate those abilities, and placing my focus on my "wins" for the day is powerful stuff!
Today I want to show up with open arms and an open heart for myself, so that I am able to receive the gifts that the universe is holding in escrow for me.
And so it is.