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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

August 17, 2023

The focus for today is:

I become aware of the feelings I wish to experience.

Today's inspiration was written by Amy Eliza Wong:

Think about all the activities and pursuits in which you’re involved and ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?” Answers generally revolve around the thing or the accomplishment. “It's because I want a promotion; more money; a relationship…” Have you ever considered why you want these things? 

Most of us assume it’s for the thing itself and simply stop there. But guess what? It’s not the thing we want. We want the feeling we think we’ll have as a result of attaining the thing. 

This is true of everything we’re up to, everything we want, and everything we think we want. That thing — whether it’s a promotion or a partner — is in our line of sight as a way to achieve a desired feeling state. We don’t want a thing. We want a feeling. 

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     Live Your Best Life by Choosing to Feel It Out, Not Figure It Out
     Written by Amy Eliza Wong.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, publisher of, wishing you a day of becoming aware of the feelings you wish to experience (today and every day).

Comment from Marie:
A great example of today's focus in my life is gardening. I don't always get a bountiful harvest, yet the joy I experience in gardening comes from working with the plants, with the earth, and watching the plants grow from seeds, to seedlings, to maturity. Getting a bountiful harvest is not the main objective. The feeling of inner peace and the joy of working with nature is. 

Our focus for today: I become aware of the feelings I wish to experience.

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About the Author

photo of Amy Eliza WongAmy Eliza Wong is a certified executive coach who has devoted more than 20 years to the study and practice of helping others live and lead on purpose. She works with some of the biggest names in tech and offers transformational leadership development and internal communication strategies to executives and teams around the world.

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