Sheesh, I have been reading over some of my older posts… I sure got a bit moody there for a while didn’t I!
Not that there is anything wrong with that, but after a few heavy posts I decided to focus today’s little blog on finding your joy.
Life. It has a habit of sneaking up on us, and all of a sudden we feel much older, with many more responsibilities than we had anticipated. We become slaves to the world we have created, finding ourselves to busy to stop and actually enjoy the moments that arise.
I have two schools of thought when it comes to finding my joy, as in my experience it either occurs naturally, or you end up in a funk and have to actively seek it out.
When was the last time you had a good belly laugh? When was the last time you felt at ease? When was the last time you felt joy?
If you are struggling to remember, perhaps today is the day you seek it out.
Joy can be fleeting, but it is also an emotion which I believe is imperative on our own sense of balance. Allowing moments of joy to naturally appear still takes dedicated effort as you need to accept them when they front up. That coffee date or walk could offer moments of joy. Sitting in your car 5 minutes longer to hear the end of a song, or dancing in the rain. Those opportunities don’t happen everyday, but they do happen, if we let them.
In many respects it is so much easier not too. It is easier to run and hide, and to stay on the treadmill of life, washing, dishes, cleaning, work, this obligation, that obligation, it really is no surprise we can end up burnt out, overwhelmed and lacking in true joy.
See, the risk at that point, is that all moments of joy become forced, and forced becomes fake, and “finding your joy” simply becomes something else that you throw onto your to do list. But let’s be honest, we don’t really treat it as a priority, rather just another thing to do… that falls to the bottom time and time again.
Seeking it out, allowing joy in, and allowing yourself the space to participate in activities which truly bring you joy is so much harder, it takes effort. More than that it forces you to make yourself a priority.
Something many people struggle with.
So today is the day to chase your joy. Find it, allow it to work its magic.
You never know the ripples that flow from joy.
And if you are questioning if you can afford the time… I challenge you.
Can you afford not too?