Tranquility With CJ's Story
Who Are We?
CJ’s history has had quite an impact on my life for the past 30 years. Years ago, I had realized that my life and its struggles were a result of the choices I had made. These choices resulted from an unhealthy belief system that I had learned as a child. I was taught very little of what was good and lovable about me and these negative voices took me well into adulthood. It is so true that “We are the Voices we Hear!” I decided to seek the answers to my unhappiness by going on a self-actualization journey. My teaching experiences and love of children in combination with my new-found spiritual and personal discoveries encouraged me to give children an understanding of who they are, their goodness and kindness. So I took the 7 themes resonating in my personal journey and transformed them into a children’s program. They were:
- Positive self-talk
- We choose everything
- Service builds feelings of worth
- Affirmations help to quiet the mind
- Forgiveness and accountability
- We are all one and playing sustains hope
- Gratitude takes us from victim to empowerment
I always loved characters and wanted to be someone’s shining star and so I created CJ (Creator of Joy) as a 7-pointed star to become the vehicle for sharing the skills and messages that were lacking in my childhood. The 7 main themes correspond to the 7 points in CJ’s star. Ten years later CJ had 8 character buddies. Each character represents one of CJ’s 7 themes and JoyChild, the 8th character, reminds us to speak from our hearts and souls when using the 7 themes.
The Voices of CJ Program
My first program, “Joy, What A Way To Feel!” was written with a teacher and parent guide and piloted in four preschools in my surrounding communities. Below you will see the comments from this pilot. I am most grateful to these wonderful people for their insights, suggestions and help. The CJ program has evolved with me. It now represents the 7 attributes of emotional intelligence with each character also helping him teach each attribute. CJ and his family of characters captivate children to listen, hear and model the behaviors that will help them develop socially and emotionally. The program is now called, “The Voices of CJ.”