You can change your life through pain or you can change your life through joy. What will you choose?
So often, we wait to make changes in our lives until it’s absolutely necessary. We become trapped in soul-sucking jobs, draining relationships, or paralyzing financial situations, and hit that point of something NEEDS to change. Or maybe we face a health crisis, or lose a family member or a loved one, and suddenly have a wake-up call that this life is not forever, and that we better get started living it.
Why is it that we so often need to experience such dramatic pain in order to make changes in our lives? What if we could do it differently? What if we could change through joy instead?
Imagine for a second what that might be like. Imagine if you were able to navigate your life through the lens of: will this bring me more joy?, only moving toward the things that increase your experience of joy.
(Just to clarify, I don’t mean that you only seek out pleasure. There’s a distinct difference between pleasure and joy; ‘pleasure’ being a side-effect from something derived outside of you, ‘joy’ being an emotion that arises within you, often as a result of pursuing something that’s in alignment with your soul).
What would it be like if you could change your life by turning inward and cultivating more joy? By consciously tapping into the source of inner peace, creation, and inspiration? By manifesting all of your wildest desires into reality, and designing your life from the inside out?
I have a friend that’s been in and out of the hospital for the past several months after several complications from a surgery. He’s had a tough time getting back on his feet. After his fourth admission to the emergency room in three months, he told me how, more than anything, he wanted to hike to the top of Mount Whitney. He told me about the John Muir Trail, a 200+ mile trail that passes through Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks in California, something he has wanted to do for a while now.
Interesting how it takes a surgery and several hospital visits to remind him of this dream..
The sad thing is that so many of us come up with excuses as to why we can’t live our dream life. We create stories about how we’ll do it later, or how we don’t have enough money, or we aren’t smart/good/qualified enough, or how we don’t deserve to do the things/have the things that we most truly desire. We wait until it’s too late to admit to ourselves the things that we really want.
What about you? Will you wait until an accident, a health scare, the loss of a loved one, or hitting rock bottom until you decide to actually LIVE your life?
Or will today be the day that you decide now is as good of a time as any to make a change? To redirect your course?
You are constantly creating your reality, with each thought you have and each action you take. So if you’re not happy with the outside reality you’re currently experiencing, how can you shift to joy instead?
Your time here is limited. Will you make it count?
Wishing you nothing but courage and joy,
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