Can it really be this good? YES!

Posted on 14 June 2011

Recently I’ve been catching myself being totally happy.  Almost ridiculously happy, actually.  I’ve been in a vibrant, full-love, joyful state of being that I just can’t keep bottled up inside me.  It’s got me skipping and smiling and glowing. And, when I catch a glimpse of myself being this happy, I actually hear myself internally asking the question, “Can it really be this good?”

Now that’s an interesting, noteworthy question.  Does it sound familiar to you?  That question, “Can it really be this good?” comes from the skeptic’s voice in my mind.  It’s a question that by its nature tries to limit the flow of goodness.  It’s a question that comes up so automatically, and feels so natural to ask, it’s easy to miss it.

But I keep catching it and wanting to catch it.  Because when I hear myself ask if my life can be this good, I want to answer with a resounding YES!  I want to claim it. YES!  I choose to claim it.

Yes, it can be this Good!  Yes, I can allow this much Joy!  Yes, I can feel this much Love!

Yes, yes, yes!  I DO claim it.

I CAN experience this much love, this much joy, this much fullness of spirit.  I AM experiencing it.  And so, I give myself permission, and I know that if I don’t say yes – if I, in fact, say NO to it, shrink back from it, hesitate in any doubt that I’m worthy of it, I limit the goodness that WANTS to express in my life.

I don’t want to limit goodness.  That makes no sense.  I want to EMBRACE goodness!

Now, don’t get the impression that Jessica’s life is always in a feel-good state of perpetual bliss.  It isn’t.  And I don’t expect it to be.  I know the space of bad mood, crankiness and general irritation. I’ve had the ‘I can’t get out of bed depression’, the stretches of ‘deer-in-the-headlight fear,’ and the total paralysis of mind and spirit that comes from that fear.  I KNOW those spaces well.

And, yet, those spaces are all the clearing spaces for joy.

Here’s what I’ve come to realize: it takes a certain daring to allow myself to be happy.  It takes a certain gutsiness to accept happiness in the form of a big love, or success.  It takes a certain “I deserve it” attitude to even ALLOW myself to be in a state of joy.

In other words, I actually think it takes work to be happy.  A sort of inner housekeeping work of courage to clear space for joy.  Feelings of negativity and fear, they get to come up and pass through, and as they do, I expand in capacity for something else. It’s work to allow feelings to come up and go, and it’s work to allow expansion, but it’s worth it.

When you hear your skeptic’s voice asking you if your life can be this good, catch it.  Hear it. Answer it with a YES.  Claim goodness, joy and love as your birthright.  Choose it, and let it expand within you.  Be daring enough to accept it.  I dare you!

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