Every minute of every day we are in choice. We choose which thoughts trigger us and which we allow to pass by unnoticed. We choose whether we take on our friend’s drama rant or whether we stand in compassion but remain emotionally free of entanglement.
We are our choices – every minute of every day.
When was the last time you choose joy?
In the last post, we uncovered clues to your life purpose – your joy. We learned that joy is something that comes from within – it’s a wellspring of peace, contentment and inner tranquility. It’s not in the doing – it’s in the being that we find joy.
Breathing in joy as we say a prayer of gratitude for all that we have. Meditating and using our breath to stay present in our lives – being with the people who bring us joy – laughing together as we leave the striving and craving behind. Becoming comfortable with all our imperfections – and the imperfections others.
That is joy. Living as if this were the last day of your life. Every day.
Anne Lamont in her book, Bird by Bird Some Instructions on Writing and Life, said this:
Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen. Repent just means to change direction — and NOT to be said by someone who is waggling their forefinger at you. Repentance is a blessing. Pick a new direction, one you wouldn’t mind ending up at, and aim for that. Shoot the moon.
As I sat in meditation this morning, I visualized this being my last day on earth. I asked myself whether I was satisfied with my life. Do I like the direction I am heading and the people I choose to have close to me? I thought about unresolved arguments and desires incomplete. If this were the last day of my life, would I be in joy?
Living in joy is a choice we make every day. Go ahead. Shoot the moon. Isn’t that what joy and life purpose are all about?
I work everyday at taming my inner critic. If you are ready to leave perfectionism behind, join me on a journey of discovery – finding joy and inner contentment as you life your life on purpose. I hope you will consider adding my book to your must read list. And please share this post with a friend or two – think of what this world would be like if we all stood tall in our own glory! Many blessings to you – from my heart to yours.