I am sharing this journal entry because this is the process I use to create my affirmations. I listen for hints about what I need to re-frame in my mind to make my life richer, easier, less anxious. Then, i write about it in my daily journal. After I’ve examined my response, I look for the words, the sentences that resonate with me or perhaps the ones that don’t resonate but that would change something that isn’t working for me. I write and write until the sentence comes alive. Then, I transfer it to a few pieces of paper and I place them in places where I can’t miss them, e.g. the bathroom mirror, the car dashboard.
It’s only been one day and I’m feeling calmer but I know this is not something that can be resolved overnight. But, hopefully I will respond with grace and ease while anticipating my next trip or the one after that.
Affirmation: I savor life. I glory in life. I love my life!
I love my life.
I haven’t always felt that way but I wanted to feel that way and isn’t that what affirmations are for, to empower us to create our own reality? I can remember very clearly the first time I heard someone say, “I love my job.” I was a teacher in a rural middle school. I already had one child and I’d been teaching for a few years. The gentleman who spoke those words was the English chair of this very small school. How much money could he have been making? I knew that wasn’t the reason for his happiness. I didn’t ask him why but over the years, I listened for others to say the same thing and I very rarely heard it. How often have you heard such a declaration? Then, one day many years later, I heard a woman say to me, “I love my life.” She had shared with me in the past, how unhappy she was, so this time I asked her why. She had made some very conscious choices and some very drastic changes. She had moved to Italy, took up painting and dancing and fell in love with life. Sure, if I moved to Italy or even went to visit for an extended period, like Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love maybe I would feel that way too. But, maybe I could simply come up with an affirmation, affirming how I felt about my life. Could that possibly work? Could I change the way I felt about my life by simply stating “I love my life?” Could you? Well, I sure had nothing to lose and so, I created the affirmation. I added a few other lines to cement the emotion. And, I claimed it, I wrote it, I read it every morning. Then, it happened. I realized, I did love my life. I have surrounded myself with love, love of God, family, friends. My life is really cool and I feel wonderful about it. This is what I believed happened. By the power of my affirmation, I slowly began to change. I became more conscious about my decisions, about what I chose to do and not to do, about who I chose to be with and who I did not want in my life. The affirmation worked just like affirmations do. It slowly permeated every fiber of my life and without struggle I was off “living in Italy” painting, dancing and loving my life.