This month has been a really busy month for me, as I’m working on projects that are dear to my heart. While my work brings me a lot of freedom, joy, and abundance I have certain things I consider as therapy.
Cooking is my therapy and this past week I had the pleasure to cook for a good friend of mine who’s pregnant with her fourth child. She called me to tell me the doctor had put her on bed rest. My mind started wondering how I could be of service to her because serving others brings me so much joy. With one deadline to meet after another, I had no clue how I could possible be of service to her.
Then suddenly I had an idea…an awesome idea. I decided I would do a thirty-day meal preparation for my friend and her family. The casual observer would have laughed watching me plan the menu and all the fuss I made over the kinds of food I should prepare. My wonderful husband, who allows me to live my truth, could not believe I had planned to cook thirty days worth of meals and drive two hours away to deliver them.
I got up at three o’clock that morning. When my husband got up many hours later he said, “ I can’t believe you were up so early.” Yes, indeed I was up at three o’clock that morning. The casual observer would have seen a woman who’s been on her feet for hours slaving away in the kitchen. But I was in my own personal zen, placing one meal after another in containers. My husband looked at me and said, “ You look happy.” Happy was an understatement. I was thrilled and excited.
You see, cooking is my therapy. Reading is my therapy. Writing is my therapy. Traveling is my therapy. Transforming people’s lives is my therapy. What’s yours? In order to create a business that brings you lasting freedom, joy, and abundance you have to stop stressing and taking life so seriously. When you stop stressing over money and all the things that are not working in your life you have greater opportunity to find creative solutions for the problem.
What do you do to find peace inside of you? What activity puts you in your own personal zen or that happy place? It could be something that others find perplexing and frustrating to do, but you find it as an outlet that brings you peace and joy.
Some people go horseback riding, or backpacking like my husband. When he is getting ready for a backpacking trip you can see the joy on his face. He spends days preparing and testing all his equipment. One time he tied his hammock in the middle of our living room to test it and make sure it was in good enough shape for the trip. To an onlooker it seems like foolishness but to him, this is the night before the big Oscar.
Some people run. Some jump out of airplanes. Some people enjoy a good swim (perhaps for them it’s a subconscious reminder of the time they spent in the womb). Some people enjoy music. When my son was an infant it was hell to be in the car with him. He would scream the entire trip. One day I turned on the radio because I was tired of listening to the endless screams. The moment the music came on he stopped. The music put him in his own personal zen space and I heard him cooing in the back. Music has since been a part of his life.
Whatever it is that brings you joy and happiness, make time to go and do it. If you don’t make time to find your own therapy you may end up needing to see a real therapist. And let’s face it, a therapist won’t help you create a successful business. They won’t give you a road map on how to create a life of freedom, joy, and abundance. Instead they will allow you to come to their office once a week and reminisce on events of the past. Bathing in the past won’t help you make the transition from corporate America to becoming your own boss. Instead, it will allow you to continue to live in the past. Remember the future isn’t created in the past. It’s created in present moment. The more you can go out and do the things that bring you joy, the sooner every opportunity for abundance will knock on your door.
On that rainy Saturday morning I had no qualms over preparing meals and delivering them to my friend. So what’s your therapy? Find your therapy and commit to taking care of yourself.
What’s one thing that you do that brings you joy?
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