What is joy worth to you? Haven’t you noticed that a lot of us, maybe even you, tend to shove the need for joy off to the side while we are busy getting ‘more important’ things done every day? Joy?? Who has time for that? I’m lucky if I don’t hit somebody on the way to work, or dealing with so called customer service at the dry cleaners, or mustering up enough patience not to say something rude or at least short tempered to a clerk who isn’t making any effort to help.
Sound familiar? The world is too often filled with complaint, criticism and haters, all in a rush to tear each other down instead of lending a hand or demonstrating compassion. I could ask why and how we got here, but that takes too long. I’d much rather skip ahead to the part where we make new and happier choices, wouldn’t you?
Imagine this: imagine a world where we set out each day to actually be nice to people no matter what; where we remember that everyone is carrying some kind of load that we can’t possibly know about, and that their load is adding to their bad mood or distracted behavior or whatever it is that would usually annoy us. But not today. Today we can make a different choice. It’s so simple. Just choose it and then hold fast to your word. You aren’t giving your word to anyone but yourself, but that’s fitting because you’re the only one who will know. And you stand to benefit the most, because you will be in a much happier mood because you’re choosing it. If you do happen to help somebody else along the way, that’s a bonus.
Now, take this picture from your life out in the world into your home and how you are with your family. This can get really good in a hurry! Try it out for a couple of days and see what you think. Tell me what you think, too, because I’d really like to know. I’m rooting for you.