jumper cable joy

Give me art to restart my heart


I shut down the news, put on some snugly pjs and picked up a book.

My favorite tea, a good backlist title and no distractions.

There has been too much non-fiction in my life lately.

Give me art to restart my heart.

Getting lost in the co-creation of a good story is a joy I’ve missed.

Thank God for art.

‘No’ joy

When people pleasers say no – there is peace

There are certain places and situations that drain me.

Some cannot be avoided, so I shore myself up, roll up my sleeves and prepare to live the moment until I get to the other side. But there are things that can be avoided.

I used to be what is quaintly called a ‘people pleaser’.

I found it really difficult to say no to certain people, situations, circumstances.

Because there were so many sideways feelings tangled up with the simple act of saying no.

I deserve to say no to things that drain me.

I deserve balance.

I deserve peace.

Now I take joy in saying no when I need to say no.

Those who love and respect me honor my need to take care of myself, as I honor their needs.

The greatest thing about being responsible for filling my own needs?

There’s no line up to stand in to get my needs met.

And when my needs are met, I’m better able to give to my loved ones.