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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

November 13, 2023

This Daily Inspiration was written by Marie T. Russell.

The focus for today is:  I choose to trust and follow my joy.

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If someone were to ask you if you prefer joy or fear, I'm sure you would say you prefer joy. We all prefer feeling joy over feeling fear, yet, often that's not the choice we make.  

When we choose not to do something we would enjoy because we are afraid it would either: 1) cost too much money, 2) take too much time, 3) just not be enough anyway, or whatever other reason or excuse we come up with, then we are choosing fear over joy. Fear would always have us take the path of security, of surety, of safety, rather than the path of trust and joy.

In order to follow our joy, we must trust our intuition and trust ourselves to be at the right place at the right time. When we follow our joy, we will find ourselves on the path of the heart, which is the higher path.

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     A Tree in Winter is Still A Tree
     Written by Marie T. Russell,
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day of trust and joy (today and every day).

The focus for today is:  I choose to trust and follow my joy.

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About The Author

Marie T. Russell is the founder of InnerSelf Magazine (founded 1985). She also produced and hosted a weekly South Florida radio broadcast, Inner Power, from 1992-1995 which focused on themes such as self-esteem, personal growth, and well-being. Her articles focus on transformation and reconnecting with our own inner source of joy and creativity.

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