[Classic post from 5-17-16]
As with so many things that we complicate in our lives, we may often complicate how we find joy. Is it in here? Is is over there? What are the rules for joy to be available to you? Do the stars have to line up? Or circumstances all in alignment? Or perhaps it is available away from work, or on the weekends.
As Mark Nepo says so well in only nine words, “the key to knowing joy is being easily pleased." In other words, the fewer rules the better. The fewer complications the better.
In his book, The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have, he adds, “the further I wake into this life, the more I realize that God is everywhere and the extraordinary is waiting quietly beneath the skin of all that is ordinary. Light is in both the broken bottle and the diamond, and music is in both the flowing violin and the water dripping from the drainage pipe. Yes, God is under the porch as well as on top of the mountain, and joy is in both the front row and the bleachers if we are willing to be where we are."
Joy is in our releasing of our cares, allowing the simplest of things to be recognized as reminders of that power of creation all around us that is so much more than our troubles or circumstances or concerns. It is in being so easily pleased that in being that way we open vast riches that before were not even noticed.
This can then become that which guides our life, creating a more fruitful and enjoyable life at the same time. I like how Alan Cohen puts it in the title of one of his great books: Joy is my compass.
Rethink Your Rules For Experiencing Joy. Better Yet, Let Loose All The Rules.
Spread Some Joy Today–and all day every day.