It was the last event I was doing in 2016 & one of the funnest nights of the tour. The guests were so engaged, excited & interested it truly was a great night. The home hosting the event simply breath taking & every detail spot on. I literally was walking on sunshine making my way to the car about to head out calling it a night. Tired yet so excited this was the last day of the tour in 2016. The next day Gidget & I would begin making our trip back to LA for a rest month. All I knew was that my heart was full & it was a great night.
Then a magical thing happened that I never saw coming.
One of the guests came out to the car to tell me I had really hit on something during my talk that was kind of a 'brick hit forehead' situation.
The moment I shared I wake up with joy in my person everyday.
The guest literally said hearing those words immediately brought their attention to their own life & they realized joy was missing. They had a lot to be thankful for, but could not remember the last time they felt pure joy.
The definition of joy is something like feeling happy or having great pleasure says Google. For me joy is being conscious about life.
Funny isn't it that by society standards I might be considered 'not a good look.'
- I am homeless & have virtually nothing with my total possessions close to only 50 items.
- I have no clear idea where I am going to be resting my head from month to month and cannot tell you what the future holds.
- I live at poverty with a disease that is known to bankrupt almost 90% of those suffering followed by the high probability of becoming homeless or institutionalized.
- I am single and alone.
- I am a disabled American from the devastation known as Multiple Sclerosis.
Literally I see on social media almost every day how 'different' my life is than to almost anyone I know.
For the large majority of us by the age of 50+ our homes are close to paid for, kids almost out of the house, grandchildren beginning, retirement in sight, 2nd homes often purchased, yearly travel and marriages that are close to 25+ years filled with history, family & tradition.
For me not so much.
In fact my life could not be further from that if I tried. I spend Christmas alone and literally live a life that is mirror opposite to almost everyone I know.
Funnier to think I made these choices before me:
- Being homeless is voluntary
- Having less a desired outcome
- Being single my mantra
My lens toward joy comes from truly knowing I am & have enough .
Truth be told looking at social media & being awake every moment of my life it appears that most do not have enough.
Instead they have possessions and many of them. How many have garages packed with shit? Closets you cannot open or better yet a storage facility because you have run out of room? The answer is a lot of us.
How many of us wake up each day excited?
Sad reality on my tour over 75% of folks did a job they were not 100% happy with. Imagine spending the bulk of your life not being happy with what you are doing. Jobs usually are the largest time suck when living in this energy space & most are not satisfied with what they do.
To make matters worse the resistance to change jobs almost always consumer driven.
Mad men winning often translates into loss of joy. Once we realize what the meaning of living a life of "enough" is all about you will begin to find joy.
Getting conscious sits at the foundation of a joyful life. Knowing that each step you take & breath creates an opportunity to do exactly what you want at that moment.
A dear friend a few nights ago shared that at a recent trip to Rome they felt such a connection to the country because they were certain at that moment they were exactly where they belonged.
This my friends is enough. Knowing all in your life is right where you belong.
Living a purpose driven life starts with the belief that in this journey you will be provided for in every way you need. All you need will come so no need to worry beyond your purpose.
Joy in enough makes purpose possible.
This to me is a better look than consumer driven tales of joy.
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