Every now and then, I belt out a song in my car that I love, or dance around my house. Believe it or not, we actually choose to experience joy. It took me about 45 years to figure it out, and I am glad I finally did. It is a decision we have to make daily, in order to remain joyful, present and focused on our life’s purpose.
I think that when we choose joy, we are choosing to behave coming from a space of gratitude, and not entitlement, which is what I believe feeds our discontent, and often times, misbehavior. While I have never been focused on money as a motivator, I have been focused on purpose and passion above everything. It is true that life is not fair. Bad things happen to good people. Playing fields are not always level and you will not always be on the sunny side of the street, but when you are, enjoy it and be grateful in the moment.
Lately, I've found myself opening up to some great new people, and connecting in ways I hadn't ever before. Over the weekend, I chose some spontaneous moments with friends. I didn't do my predictable trek straight home after a Saturday morning spent at the office and a day of errands and ventured to see true friends, seeking joyful times. We laughed, talked and listened to music into the night.
I woke up the next morning joyfully exhausted from a full day of fun. My body may have reminded me that I'm actually in my late 40's, but my heart is what helped me to get up and make it to church to watch my daughter sing, grateful for the ears to hear, and the eyes to see it. Joy, in the moment, unscripted.