||115||: This Sparks Joy ✨

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Marie Kondo states, spark joy is a loose translation of the Japanese word ときめく(tokimeku), literally “to flutter,” “to throb,” “to palpitate,” or “to beat fast,” as your heart would when it feels excited.

I’m full of excitement to be reunited with family, seated at the table, writing this post on Martin Luther King Day. I am grateful for the tools I have that helps improve my quality of life.

During the beginning of the pandemic, it was a different story, I was in survival mode. As an empathetic person, I felt depleted, lonely, and anxious. Instead of asking for help, I sulked in my own misery. The emotional wellbeing of the U.S. being high risk, constant news of racial tension and unrest, I became obsessive, avoidant and consumed by it.

So I took on the task of searching for things and activities to distract me. It’s easy to go wild and purchase items out of comfort but this is not what satisfies me and sparks joy. What sparks joy is my purpose inspired by a higher power – our Creator, fulfilling relationships, being at service to others and accepting my whole self.

When focusing on what sparks joy at home. There are things that I own that are not pretty, however, they are functional. There are items that are aesthetically beautiful, but they aren’t used often because it doesn’t fit or function well in my daily life. Whatever it is you own personally, whoever you choose to call family and friends, choose wisely. There are parts of our past that we want to bury, however, we can choose to share our stories, meditate on the reasons why we are still here, reminding others watching, and hoping, that we are not alone in this human trek.

“To be content doesn’t mean you don’t desire more, it means you’re thankful for what you have and patient for what’s to come.” — Tony Gaskins

So here I am, jovial, at times concerned, yet hopeful for the future. I believe that I can do whatever I set my mind to do. I believe I’m here to make an impact in my own language and frame of reference. I’m doing my best to write it down, and cherish the now because time waits for no one, it keeps going and I don’t want to miss anything.

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