How’s your Joy?
I believe that part of our purpose here is to experience and share joy.
You know, that wondrous, loving, care-free feeling that stems from your belly and expands like a great tree, its limbs reaching out for what feels like infinity.
Stop. When is the last time you felt that feeling?
We all have at least some.
As children, it came to us naturally. We saw the world as a giant adventure – no thought was given to whether we were doing it all right, we were just living in wonder, we were being ourselves, and we mostly did a really great job of it. But at a certain point, we began to worry. The need to chase a paycheck, to look a certain way, to have certain things, the need to be successful to a certain standard crept in and everything changed. We left Joy behind.
Wherever you are on your journey, be it at the top of a mountain or rock bottom (and remember, these can always change), ask yourself – what makes me feel Joy?
If you were to imagine that anything were possible, what would make you feel Joy?
Now – how can you get as close as you damn well can to that?
If Joy for you is traveling internationally, can you start the conversation? Can you tell your family, your job, that it’s time for you to take a little while to do something for you? Can you book a ticket? If funds are low, can you start a savings and put away doable amounts until you’ve saved enough to hit the sky? If Joy for you is spending more time doing a hobby you love, can you set aside an hour or so a week to dedicate just to that? If Joy to you is spending more time with friends or family, can you give them a call? Set up a time to meet.
The moral of the story here is, that simply taking a moment to ASK yourself, how is my Joy? What makes me feel Joy?, offers you the opportunity to first, become clear on what you need, and second, sets the stage for action steps you can take to move in that direction.
Remember, most things don’t happen in a day. But what can happen right now is focus, and by focusing on what we want, what we want becomes more readily available to us. So often we forget - simply paying attention to Joy will help you to strengthen your ability to see it and create it in your life, and when we begin to feel joy, it just opens us up to even more of it.
Now that’s a domino effect I can get behind.
So, how’s your Joy?