I call him Bert
This week was also the First ever International Day of Happiness as declared by the UN.
Both the Spring Equinox and this Day happened to be March 20. I signed a pledge on that day to "Try to create more happiness in the world around me." And I shared with anyone I could what this day was about. I would also think that it is appropriate that this Day of Happiness fell on the Spring Equinox. I would say that happiness and light, joy and growth represent both of these "events". On this same day, Wednesday March 20, at the workshop I have been participating in about Finding your purpose and calling, we focused on strengths and 'innate gifts.' In one activity "Bringing Joy" emerged as one of my strengths and when I went to rank it on the bottom of my list I was encouraged to make it one of my top 5 by someone I have only known for just a few weeks. In just our brief interactions she saw something in me that I had a hard time seeing myself. Something that I do naturally yet apparently have a hard time acknowledging that it is something I can do well.
So here I was on the Spring Equinox, the threshold to light and joy, and the International Day of Happiness and I was being affirmed in my innate gift of bringing joy. It feels almost cocky boasting that here, however, if I am going to be able to fully transition to what is right, to what I want and need, I must own and affirm my own strengths. Also, if I am going to be successful in any sort of interview process I must be comfortable speaking about the thing that are my strengths, what I do well and the places where I can be most successful. And I guess bringing joy to others is not a bad thing to be boasting about!
"Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!" ~Sitting Bull