“Do something everyday, regardless. Nothing will happen unless you first initiate a process of cause and effect. This starts with an action. Reawaken the possibility of possibility. Reawaken it with play.”
This week I saw the above post on Facebook and it re-awakened in me an awareness of my current adventure. I speak often of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” novel that we each write as we watch our personal stories play out in real-time. Every day is a new opportunity to create the life we want for ourselves. Every moment presents us with the beauty of “newness” that we might choose to better our situation or, at the very least, awaken to and appreciate the moment in which we find ourselves. What are the possibilities in the possibilities?
We so easily get lost in the monotony and obligation of the “grind” of every-day life – going through the motions, watching the clock, just putting in time until we can get to the weekend. And the interesting thing is, this means of existence is understood as “normal” and the average person out there never questions it. We grow up going to school, we find a job, “work hard”, acquiesce to social obligation, and somewhere along the way we more than likely end up looking for a way to take our minds off the unbearable expectations (both societal and personal) which become our impending doom. Sounds ominous, doesn’t it? I know I’m being dramatic here, but this is the place in which we find ourselves at times. We’ve all been there to some degree.
It is from this place which I speak today. Actually, I’m probably a few steps out of this “pit” right now which gives me enough perspective and courage to be able to speak about it. From the bottom, having regained some strength and renewed determination, I can’t help but think “there must be a better way”. Being the reflective individual that I am, I keep wondering “what would happen if we allowed ourselves to prioritize the experience of true joy on a daily basis?” I don’t just mean “pleasure” or the art of distraction – whatever form that takes. But how cool would it be if we each understood ourselves enough to become aware of our circumstances, aware of our inner person, aware of our heart’s true love and passion? What is it that makes your heart soar? What is it that makes you swell with joy inside?
And taking that one step further, what would happen if we were not afraid or hesitant in any way to express that? How would our own lives change if we were more generous in spirit – with both ourselves and others? How might we influence the lives of those around us? I have been touched this week by the concept of “being with” – the beauty of an embrace and its way of communicating without any words required, the comfort of shared company (to laugh, joke, sing, listen), as well as the depths touched through time alone learning to “be with” ones own “stuff”.
Through the re-awakening of our joy, I believe we can learn to appreciate and express the beauty which is in and around each and every one of us. Through the art of play, the acknowledgement of our gifts, and the uninhibited expression of our true self, I know we can re-awaken that joy. What is it that you love to do? Do it! What is it that scares you the most? Face it! With whom do you enjoy spending time? Tell them! Be with them! Life is too short to live in fear, condemnation, or guilt – directed by obligation (both imagined or verbalized). Are you feeling weighed down with “should’s” or “ought to’s”? Do you dread the dawning of a new day for the obligations it involves or the pressures it brings?
Know today that you are not alone. But please don’t let the weight of your obligations drag you under. Start by acknowledging the things that make you smile today, the moments of gratitude that helped to dispel the fear or the pain. That is your joy being re-awakened. That is your heart fighting for its life. Now take a deep breath and follow it. Follow the bright light of possibilities and give life to your heart’s inner joy. It is there that you will find what you have been looking for.