*Ok full warning up front, this post may feel a little (as my father would say) hippie dippie... don't judge*
I can't remember the first time I understood what juju was... I mean my best friend in high school was nicknamed "ju" or "juju" and Addison Shepard and Meredith Grey were OBSESSED with juju. But as for when I felt/knew what it was... that is a hard thing to pin down.
As 'new age' as it sounds, we all project an energy into the world. We radiate a certain 'vibration' or cast different shades of light. From what I understand juju is our energy x karma... kind of. It is believing that what you do affects people and that in turn will affect you.
Lately I have been considering what this 'energy' (for lack of a better term) looks like in daily life. It is so easy to get sucked into the negative, to complain, critique, and cut down; it is far harder to see the positive and the good (did you know it takes your brain a full 10-20 seconds longer to build 'happy tissue'). It is hard for me to only see the positive side of something (my personality really likes to weigh out ALL of the options) but I am kind of over having to deal with stress this places on my mental state and the mental state of those closest to me (ahem... Drew...).
I want to learn to project an ora of positivity (OK I told you this was going to get weird... you entered into this on an understanding that we wouldn't judge each other). I want to train my brain to sit in a place of positivity. Prime example- when facing a new job... instead of dreading the long hours and unknown challenges, I want to go into it excited for the opportunity to be working and learn knew things. I want to take care of those around me, pass the time, make a meal, or simply sit and listen to the burdens of someones heart. Caring for others doesn't have to be extravagant, it can be as small as sending someone a text to let them know you are thinking about them. After all life is best lived in the little things.
Today I want to send good juju into the world and be content in knowing that I, at the end of the day, have done what I can; and that it is enough.