Starting the day with intention

Starting the day with intention

This week, I met someone new.  Let’s call her “Ray of Sunshine”.  She sparkled so brightly I was almost blinded by the bling that adorned her arms and fingers.  Fluorescent pink eye shadow and a matching headband complemented her brightly flowered shirt.  

“Thanks Girlfriend” she sung out to me happily as she rang up my purchase.  

“Great outfit” I offered smiling 

“I gotta whole cupboard ‘a bright flowered shirts to choose from” she chimed in,  “Makes me happy”.

Now that’s a woman with intention, I thought with admiration as I left the store.  It felt good that this happy stranger had referred to me as “girlfriend”, randomly deciding that kindness was to be her default greeting.  Everything about her told me that before she had even started her day, she’d decided it was going to be a good one.  What would happen If I started each day with the same degree of intention?

Something to ponder as I search my makeup drawer for baby blue eyeshadow and a matching sparkle shirt. 🙂 
 
Warm regards, 

Belinda Seagram, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Executive Director, Landing Strong

What is joy exactly?

What is joy exactly?

This is the question I have been asking myself recently.   

I know it isn’t the many photos I see on Facebook – of smiling people doing exciting things.  I know enough to understand that these pictures don’t always tell the real story.

Maybe it’s channeling my inner Marie Kondo and decluttering my home, keeping only those things that spark warm feelings… 

Perhaps it’s talking to my dogs in my best birthday party voice, watching them dance gleefully on two feet just because I’m home.

Or maybe joy is something quieter…softer.  Like a calm wave that washes over me after having a good cry in the presence of a compassionate friend or partner.  Or being that person for someone else as we face their deepest fears together.

Maybe joy is more about connection.  Not feeling like we are in this world alone.  Perhaps we experience joy when we are seen, heard and understood.  Maybe it’s about being our most vulnerable selves, and still feeling accepted.

Warm thoughts from the Landing Strong Team.

Belinda Seagram, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Founder, Landing Strong

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