The time came to reassert my intentions around happiness after all the grieving from my best friend’s death, the huge move to a new state, and lots of family members and friends going through “stuff.” It seemed a manifesto was in order, so here goes.
I love myself enough to do the following to the best of my ability at any given moment:
Choose love and joy—first, last, and always
Stop from worrying about things I can’t control
Say no to drama in my own life
Not give away my power to anyone
Not let other people’s opinions or drama reduce my joy and wellbeing
Cry if I need to and then move on
Get angry if I feel it and then move on
Not get stuck in a rut of self-doubt or self-recrimination
Not judge how other people live their lives
Intentionally make time for play and rest
Trust in myself and others
Believe in the good in people
Meditate and Pray
Love—with all my heart
And hang out only with people who uplift my spirit and accept me for who I am.
What’s your manifesto look like? Don’t have one. Try it. It’s pretty easy once you set your pen to paper.