November was a full month. Between traveling in Washington D.C. and Colorado, visiting with family and friends, and settling into new routines in my home state of Pennsylvania, I spent a lot of time in flexibility. November was a month to take one day at a time.
November was, of course, also time to celebrate. November 9th 2011 was the day I posted the first ever “Happiness is” status, making November 9th the unofficial birthday of The Smile Project.
As I sit here on the last day of the month, I can’t help but reflect on the way we weave joy into our lives.
Earlier this month, I declared “Worthiness” and “Fun” as my Essences for November. I wrote, “I want to create Fun moments and know that I am Worthy of them. This month, I have a lot to think about.”
And think I did.
Worthiness: the quality of being good enough; deserving attention or respect
Fun: enjoyment, amusement, lighthearted pleasure
It shouldn’t take declaring Worthiness as an Essence to know you deserve love. Laughter. Light. Joy. Every day, no exceptions.
It shouldn’t take declaring Fun as an Essence to know it’s okay to watch a movie on a weeknight or spend the entire morning reading a new library book.
And yet sometimes, I realize, I seek permission for both. Waiting for someone to tell me it’s okay to do this, to want this, to reach for this.
Every day, I am learning to accept both of these Essences in whatever forms they take. I am a perpetual work in progress. And that is okay.