Feeling Good and My Jar of Happiness

Feeling Good and My Jar of Happiness

Patiently Awakened


“It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day and I’m feeling good.”

As I am writing my column this song is playing in my head. I enjoy listening to Nina Simone because her voice is distinctive and telling. Her songs chant her feelings of despair and her desires for better days. The conflicting emotions often resonate with me.

As you are reading this column, we have been blessed to witness a new year. Happy New Year! I am excited to continue this journey with you. 2017 presented us with obstacles and challenges that appeared difficult to surmount. There were some who did not make it into the new year. We did, and for that I am grateful.

Every year there is much talk about resolutions. My family and friends write ambitious, well-intended lists of what they aspire to accomplish in the new year. My resolutions would include weight loss, professional ambitions, and spiritual endeavors. In truth, I have given up making the standard resolutions lists. Please understand that I still have dreams and wishes. However, in addition to transcribing them, I envision them. I have realistic expectations and time constraints; I try to adhere to them. This sets the tone for my new year and all I desire to accomplish.

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Teresa’s jar

In addition to my vision, I employ the use of an appreciation jar. My “feel-good” jar consists of an empty jar, decorated to my liking, where I deposit positive, encouraging words. At the end of each day, I record something joyous on paper. The deposit can recount a happy event, a thankful feeling, or any word or phrase that I can reflect on at a later time.

The purpose of this jar is to remind us of the good things in our lives. It savors the sweetness as we are sometimes digesting the acrid reality of life. On days we need it most, we can go back and withdraw from our jars.

We are diligent about making monetary deposits in our banks and financial institutions, yet we often neglect to make the necessary deposits into our lives. Just as we withdraw money from our accounts when and if we need it, we can withdraw from our jars of happiness. Our jars provide nourishment for our spirit on grueling, emotionally depleting days. We must remember that as we withdraw, we are required to replenish what we have deducted. Our funds may have a low balance at times, but we must remain diligent and prevent our accounts from being overdrawn or empty. We are obliged to replenish and reflect: R&R.

I aspire to deposit into my jar daily for the remainder of the year, however, there is no designated time frame. You are free to partake in this activity according to what is best for you. The challenge lies in the act of beginning and being consistent in your effort of sowing joy into your life. The feat of fortifying your spirit. As we go through the hardships of life that are ubiquitous, we have these messages of hope, personally inscribed, serving as reminders of why we have to persevere. I am looking forward to continuing my growth process mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. Each day, I am living the title of my column, diligently becoming patiently awakened.

2017 was indeed a difficult year for many. I extend my sincerest sympathy and prayers of comfort to anyone who needs them. I am also sending prayers and positive vibes your way that this year will bring great joy and moments of happiness. You are not alone. We will live each day as it comes, supporting and encouraging one another. As I pull a message from my jar of happiness, it reads “You are a survivor.” May 2018 be kind to you.

You are invited to visit my website at teresawrightjohnson.com.

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Teresa I. Wright-Johnson is a married Multiple Sclerosis Warrior and Congenital Heart Disease Survivor. She was born with a heart murmur and an Aortic Valve Defect. Teresa has endured multiple open heart surgeries and cardiac procedures. She was diagnosed with MS in November of 2014 and is under the care of an esteemed MS Specialist. Teresa knows there is a calling on her life and she fully embraces that. Teresa uses her illnesses as opportunities to further rely on her faith, walk in her truth, raise awareness and educate others. She believes that she is purposely on purpose. Teresa offers a solid background in Criminal Justice and Social Services. A graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and a retired Sr. Parole Officer for the State of New Jersey, Teresa uses her life to empower and inspire others. She embodies community service, is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc and is active with several other organizations. Teresa aspires to be a light that shines in dark places. Teresa is an author, poet, inspirational speaker and a community activist. She enjoys writing, reading, listening to music and spending time with her family and friends. Teresa acknowledges the unwavering love of her wonderful parents throughout her life and her supportive and loving husband Marvin who is beside her through every trial and triumph.
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Teresa I. Wright-Johnson is a married Multiple Sclerosis Warrior and Congenital Heart Disease Survivor. She was born with a heart murmur and an Aortic Valve Defect. Teresa has endured multiple open heart surgeries and cardiac procedures. She was diagnosed with MS in November of 2014 and is under the care of an esteemed MS Specialist. Teresa knows there is a calling on her life and she fully embraces that. Teresa uses her illnesses as opportunities to further rely on her faith, walk in her truth, raise awareness and educate others. She believes that she is purposely on purpose. Teresa offers a solid background in Criminal Justice and Social Services. A graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and a retired Sr. Parole Officer for the State of New Jersey, Teresa uses her life to empower and inspire others. She embodies community service, is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc and is active with several other organizations. Teresa aspires to be a light that shines in dark places. Teresa is an author, poet, inspirational speaker and a community activist. She enjoys writing, reading, listening to music and spending time with her family and friends. Teresa acknowledges the unwavering love of her wonderful parents throughout her life and her supportive and loving husband Marvin who is beside her through every trial and triumph.

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