"If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy,
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you,
if the simple things in nature have a message you understand,
Rejoice, for your soul is alive."
- Eleanora Duse
Living a joyful life is the ultimate goal. If everything you do brings you joy, you will be living in bliss and could not want anything else. Once you have experienced joy in all aspects of your life, you will never want to be in any other state. It seems difficult for us to even imagine living in a constant state of joy, but if you spend some time there, you will understand the “need” to be there as much as possible.
Yesterday I was having lunch with a colleague and she outright asked me, “How do you do it?” Confused, I asked her to what she was referring. “How do you stay happy all of the time?”
That took me off guard. I didn’t realize that I was “happy all the time”. I mentioned to her that I wasn’t happy all the time; she must just catch me in good moments. “But I see you almost every day,” she said, “and you are always in a good mood, and always trying to inspire others to have a better, happier day.”
I reflected on that for a few moments, and I came to the realization that she was right. But since then, I have spent some time trying to determine how I do it – how do I live in joy in so many areas of my life. I came up with a few reasons, but there seems to be one underlying reason...Perspective.
It has taken some practice, but I find that I now look at everything from a very “big picture” point of view. I often ask myself – especially if I am starting to get frustrated or upset – how will this affect my life in ten years? How will it affect my life in one year? I can often even look at things and realize that they won’t even affect my life next week. What’s the point in getting all worked up over it?
I go through life in the pursuit of happiness. I try to find the fun in everything (and believe it or not, it’s there if you look). I take joy in the simplest things and in those moments I find that that joy bears the fruit of enlightenment. I try to incorporate joy into absolutely everything. Practice and it will come!
The joy, believe it or not, is not in the destination, but in the journey. The destination just makes the journey possible.
To learn more about living a joyful life, I suggest you read "Awakening Joy" by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander. This book is like a guide to transforming our everyday experience into genuine happiness.
I used to think I was an accountant and a writer who was in pursuit of happiness. But a simple shift in perspective showed me that I am a joyful, compassionate person who practices accounting and writes. That simple shift makes all of the difference. Instead of pursuing happiness, I realize that I have it, and instead of defining myself by what I do, I define myself as a person – a happy person – who happens to do certain things. It is amazing what freedom that brings – after all, if something that I am doing doesn’t promote happiness, then I can just do something else that does bring that joy into my life.
Take the time to enjoy life...shift that perspective...find the joy and laughter in every situation. Practice this as often as you remember and you will find yourself living joyfully through every moment – and you’ll never regret the effort that you put into it – I guarantee that.
To your health, prosperity, and happiness always.