“Self-Responsibility: Today, I will take time to discover what matters most to me, so that my life will reflect what I believe in my heart of hearts. It is my responsibility to take full charge of my life.” This is the intention I set for mySelf this morning. Actually, I set an intention each and every morning and share them with some pals whom of which I think might benefit. These daily affirmations are 120,000% necessary to my mental health and overall well-being.
I strive incredibly hard to be the best Clown I can be. I mean, I work really hard at it! Mr.Rainbow and Lew-E, two incredibly wise Clowns, taught me this- don’t be just A Clown; be THE Clown. I don’t know about you, but I sure think that’s one heck of a responsibility to shoulder! Clowns are more than fools in face-paint and mismatched wardrobe. Real Clowns are artists. They intelligently and creatively bring humor and joy everywhere they go. They are charitable and friendly. Above all, they strive for love and happiness. Always.
Real Clowns know they have the power to make someone happy, so they do it. And yes, it’s a blessing to have that gift because…it truly is a gift! However, like everything else, there’s a price.
I can say from my own experience, emotional burnout creeps up when I do not set aside time for my own rest and to reflect…to reflect on my progress, my expectations. Ugh, expectations- now those can lead to dangerous territory if one’s not mindful. Just as it is for the acrobat, it is absotootly necessary for the Clown to focus totally on their “center of gravity.” It takes practice and lots of it! I have discovered that setting aside 15 minutes each morning for quiet time alone (setting intentions, meditation, journaling, etc.) has helped my heart’s focus. The excuse that there’s no time is just that- an excuse. We have nothing but time, friends! So, today, I get to sit back (the music of Thelonious Monk playing in the ground) and draw back to my center, rediscovering what does, in fact, matter most to me. My mental state reverts back to a healthy and reasonable perspective that I can always do my best, and that’s good enough for me. In the end, daily intention-setting helps not only me but “Spazzy Jazzy” be the best we can be for our family, community and the world.
I’d love to know what are some ways that you take responsibility for yourSelf. What matters most to you? How does that factor in how you take charge of your life?
Thanks so very much for reading this; and it’s like I always say, “I love you!”