Joy is a choice I get to make every moment of every day. Same with you, even if it doesn’t seem so.
Did I mention that I have a pile of emotional baggage as big as many of you?
Did I mention that my wife and I are disabled?
Did I mention we spent our life savings to become parents?
Did I mention our son has an incurable disease?
Did I mention that I’ve overcome addiction?
The list goes on and on. So please, please don’t say, “But you’ve got it made. You are living the dream. You are so fortunate.”
This would generally be considered an insult, and completely disrespectful. And maybe the beginning of an excuse.
But forgiveness rushes in and all that’s left is joy. Almost unspeakable joy.
“If you choose a job that you like you will never have to work another day in your life.” — Confucius
Looks good on paper. Yet, I know so many mid life professionals who are stuck in a career or job that no longer (or never did) feeds their passion.
In many ways, for a variety of reasons, I’ve been there myself. It is not pleasant. But we have mortgages, bills to pay, mouths to feed, etc. So we do it. Day in, day out.
This is one of the big causes of a mid life crisis, along with others like illness, disease, divorce, empty nest syndrome, death, bankruptcy, infidelity.
This week will likely focus on career joy. And the best way to get it is to have a job where you get to do more than you have to do. Ya with me?
November was dedicated to Thankfulness, and now December is dedicated, mostly, to Joy.
There are several types of Joy.
There’s Joy in your Spirit, in knowing you have a Creator that loves you beyond measure.
Joy in daily living, perhaps the “fun factor”, sort of like happiness, and laughter.
And also Joy in being unselfish, in serving others.
Finally, I believe there is Joy in knowing you are living your best life, with a moral integrity that leaves you humbled by what you’ve overcome.
It’s a Joy, to dedicate December to the concept of Joy. You may have a different perspective on Joy. The fact that we are free to express, and think for, ourselves should bring us Joy.
One thing for sure, I’m especially thankful for Mid Life Joy! 🙂
Mind. Body. Spirit. Money. Otherwise known as Balance. This is the second of two posts today. A double shot!
Do you know anyone who epitomizes work-life balance? I do not. So I took matters into my own hands and came up with a life-changing model. It’s ridiculously simple.
MIND – Mental Health, Learning, Attitude
BODY – Physical Health & Wellness
SPIRIT – Spiritual Health; Faith, Hope & Love
MONEY – Financial Health; Job, Career, our contribution to society
I’ve literally spent a lifetime searching for the secret recipe for balance. Since becoming a Father nine years ago, this is the one I’m convinced is the key to transforming my life.
Focus on Life’s Big Four. Hey, I’m not a scientist or a genius, just a common man who looks at things differently and likes to keep it simple.
“What’s past is prologue.” – Shakespeare
What’s past is simply what got us to where we are today. I’m thankful for that.
What’s here and now, is what will be past tomorrow. I’m thankful for that too.
What lies in the future is the choice we get to make. Our story is being written one day, one moment at a time.
To be or not to be, I mean, to be thankful or not to be thankful, that is the question.
And starting tomorrow, December’s question is, “Am I joyful and do I spread joy?”