For so long, I had been so responsible and so hell-bent on people-pleasing that I didn’t have much appreciation or reverence for fun. I thought play was a waste of time and that people who engaged in it were lazy or not on a serious path. I have since learned that play is actually vital and healing.
What about you?
- Do you allow yourself to let go and have fun?
- Are you using obligation to shelter yourself?
- What could you do today to invite more joy into your life?
To find and experience my joy I had to begin engaging in the activities that support me in feeling like the most energized and alive version of myself. When I did this, I grew to be far more productive in all other areas of my life. It was not a simple step, however. Ironically, when I began to take back control, at first it felt like I was losing control. I was so far outside of my comfort zone and had no idea what to expect.
Eventually, I learned that it’s an illusion to think I’m in control. We’re actually less in control when we hold rigidly to the familiar. In that case, we’re enslaved by fear. We are not free to move with the pulse of life.
When we let go into the arms of the unfamiliar, on the other hand, we enter the flow. We can follow our truth and our desire, creating the kind of life we most want—a life filled with possibility and enjoyment rather than tension and terror.
Too frequently, we think we’re choosing peace and comfort over freedom. But in truth, we’re sacrificing our inner peace in hopes of outer peace. That outer peace is, more often than not, dictated by someone else and not by our own needs.
But you get to decide.
When you choose to do even one thing differently, you take a step toward disassembling structures you have had in place for a while—maybe many years.
If so, it’s time to make a different choice and make your own joy a priority. Join the conversation with me on Facebook.