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How do you put the joy in the journey?

Friday, July 12, 2013

I know I have been mentioning the book I read about creativity a lot (it is called "Brain Storm" by Don Hahn), but it really gave me some great food for thought.

As I wrote last time, vacation is over and real life has set back in. That has made me think a lot about something else the author wrote about. He was reflecting on how we (humans, especially in our culture) seem to get ourselves into (he says) a "nasty, lifelong pattern of seemingly endless periods of boredom, stress, and tension while waiting to celebrate, followed by a celebration that is far too short, followed by long periods of boredom, stress, and tension, and so on." His point is that our joy should be in the journey and in the process of living our lives.

But that seems so hard to achieve. I like my career, but it's challenging...not always a DisneyWorld trip. And realistically, there ARE endless periods of boredom, stress, and tension (which aren't healthy) in life and the celebrations are far too short. Does that mean I am living my life wrong? (It could...)

I like the idea of the joy being in the journey, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how to do that.
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    I will be interested to hear your further reflections on this-- how do we live a life that includes joy/celebration each day?

    One small, small thing I have done this summer is start incorporating more music into my everyday life. I am also going to be more observant of how much time I sit in front of TV screen and computer screen. I need to spend less time sitting passively and more time being active and engage in life.

    Here's to our fitness (and happiness) journeys. :)
    1706 days ago
    Some times we have to make our own happiness and joy. It isn't always easy. I remember in church the pastor saying to find one thing each day to be grateful for and give thanks. If we do this daily it will get easier to find happiness. So he said any way. And for some of us there are the happy pills. I started taking them for fibromyalgia pain, (an off lable use) and even though we are looking at bankruptcy I don't dwell on it. I like my SP friends and they also help me to stay upbeat. I wish you Joy. emoticon emoticon
    1712 days ago
    Yes, food for thought....

    I've been there too - haven't we all?!! Even in dark days - whether from stress, boredom, tragedy or whatever - I try to recall something good, happy, worthwhile. I remember that even in grief the sun still shines. When my spirit is low, and I can't change what is, it helps a bit if I can count my blessings, remember that others suffer much more... and the beauty of nature never disappoints. Even if I can't bring myself to dance in the sunshine at the moment, the sunshine is a blessing nonetheless.

    Peace, my friends. Make yourself a happy day.
    1712 days ago
    I may have to read that book. I'm having the same struggle. Lately life just seems to be one long slog through swampy ground and I know it shouldn't be that way, but ... there it is and I'm not sure how to change it either.

    1712 days ago
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