"We put ourselves at the bottom of our own priority list, we sleepwalk through the possibility of joy"
In my November post "Undernourished?" I wrote that I want to feel more love, joy, secure, prosperous, serene, connected, playful, adventurous, energised, festive, fulfilled, strong, engaged, blessed, nourished, thriving, centred, clear, and empowered. Today I am looking at ways I can gather and incorporate more joy into my life.
According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary the definition of joy is; a feeling of great happiness; and the emotion evoked by well-being, success or good fortune, and the prospect of possessing what one desires.
So I made a list of the things that make me feel joyful. In part the list reads:
- Laughing at sitcoms on TV
- Weekends away
- Exploring country towns
- Walking along the beach
- Swimming in the ocean
- Playing chinese checkers
- Listening to music
- Watching fireworks
- Listening to rain and watching storms
(as long as they are not severe storms)
- Visiting antique shops, second-hand
shops and op shops
- Going to the movies
- Making people laugh
- Organising things - whether it be large
events or just re-organising my cupboards, or my day in my bullet journal.
- Attending workshops
I will review this list from time to time to make sure that I am including them in my life. What things make you joyful?
Joy also carries the meaning of merrymaking. And it is this definition of joy; that of merrymaking or joyful celebrating I need to focus on. It is an aspect of joy that I tend to ignore or postpone indefinitely. I do believe, however, our life is richer when we include celebrations and traditions in amongst our daily round.
So why do I postpone my celebrating? I have been too busy taking care of the business of day to day life, and building my small successes. So now I want to make room in my life for joyful celebrating. Do you celebrate your successes and milestones, and life's significant events? Or are you like me and say to yourself, “well that's done what's next on the list?”
Hosting a small Australia Day brunch was the first action I have taken in my plan to include more joyful celebration in my life. So thank you Oprah (see quote above) for reminding me that even though my goals are important, and the many things I need to do to everyday are important; I need to be higher up on my priority list. This I acknowledge, but I need to make the effort to ensure that I do gather and incorporate more joy in my life.
No, I am not going to sleepwalk through the possibility of joy.