For the past four weeks my blog series “The Five Letters of Generosity” has asked you to send “love letters” to people in need of joy. This week I’ll ask you to write the ultimate letter of encouragement and hope. And isn’t that what we are most hungry for during these uncertain times? We hope that kids going back to school won’t be disrupted by another shutdown. We hope that we’ll get to visit our grandparents in their nursing home soon. We hope that our small business will survive through the fall and winter. Lots to hope for. Hope is an energy that is fueled by encouragement. It shines brightest when surrounded by feelings of gratitude for what we already have. And it is inspired through the sending of and receiving of generosity of spirit. What better way to let the people of the world know we’re going to be okay. Now it’s time to let Mother Earth know we’ve got her back.
I’m often asked why living in the state of joy is so important. Other than the obvious – you feel better – living joyfully raises your vibrational frequency. So why is that so important? You see, everything is energy. People and environments are alive, connected and changing. Every atom in the universe has a specific vibratory or periodic motion. And each periodic motion has a frequency (the number of oscillations per second) that can be measured in Hertz. So when someone says they want to "raise their vibrational frequency", that means they wish to elevate their frequency to such a level that allows them to improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Because joy, love, and gratitude are the highest vibrational frequencies there are, living in those states offers you the opportunity to transcend the ordinary and live the extraordinary.
My rampage of expressing generosity of spirit continues with this week’s assignment. If you’ve done the first and second activities, hopefully you’re feeling an energetic shift from “woe is me” to “wow is me”. You see, I’ve always felt that the best way to banish worry and doubt is through service to someone or something else. It’s always worked for me. And as St. Francis of Assisi said in his famous Peace Prayer, “For it is in giving that we receive.” Now it’s time to expand your joy bubble even further. Your assignment this week is to think of a friend in need. Someone who has been struggling. They may have lost their job because of the pandemic. Or perhaps they are dealing with an illness of their own or someone in their family. COVID has been hard on many families. Your friend could be one of those people who has been suffering in silence – dealing with depression and afraid to tell anyone. But you know. This is your joy assignment for the week.
If you read last week’s blog, you know I’m on a rampage of expressing generosity of spirit this month. And your first assignment was to write a love letter to yourself and mail it. Did you do it? How did it feel? Now what? Hopefully, you’re feeling “wow is me” instead of “woe is me”. Maybe you’ve even received your letter in the mail. Powerful isn’t it? Now it’s time to expand your joy bubble. Here’s this week’s assignment. These past few months have been pretty tough for most folks. Parents worried about sending children back to school. College kids concerned about their future. Families stressed about mounting debt and an uncertain economy. Yup – lots of things to take a person away from their joy. That’s where you come in.
Gotta love a bold “dame” who knows her worth like May West did! So today, I’m going to start you on a fabulous journey that will help shift your energy from “woe is me”, to “wow is me!” And I can’t wait to share the very first assignment! Over the next five Wednesdays that I’ve dedicated to the Being Joy™ theme of generosity, I will give you five assignments – one for each week. I call them “The Five Letters of Generosity”. So let’s get started on the first one.