I’m liking this! I’m grabbing an interesting feeling out of the bag today; liking. You know, that feeling where you like things. I’ve not put this feeling into words before, but I’m going out on a limb to say it exists. Don’t you like liking things?
There’s a satisfying feeling that comes from liking something. Whether you like the way you feel, or like doing something. When I like something, an interesting alignment occurs. A desire in my heart aligns with an activity or sense of something. When I like something, it seasons the deliciousness of life and that which makes me happy.
When I like, my body feels lighter. I like my job, or having that yummy deli sandwich. I keep going back to the perception of alignment. There is a correlation between liking something and feeding the joy I want to feel in my heart. They resonate together, like milk and cookies. I like you! I enjoy (or as some would spell it, injoy) your company, sharing our life together. Isn’t that a friendly feeling—liking?
What is the purpose of liking? This feeling propels me forward with things: writing, reading, the people I choose to have in my life, the ideas that help me feel aligned with my heart. The converse of like helps me clearly define what I want instead. I don’t enjoy cleaning the bathroom, but I like a clean bathroom. I don’t like figs, but I love strawberries. You get the idea!
As challenging as it is to put this into words, exploring what it means to feel liking is affirming. There are things I like and things I don’t. It’s healthy to understand that. It helps to create boundaries around what we want our lives to be and how we want to experience it. What do you like? When was the last time you took a moment to appreciate liking something? Let’s celebrate our likes.
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