“If you would know Joy throw yourself into each moment with complete abandon.” …Susanne
People have so many reasons for holding back. Probably at the top of the list is fear . I spent the first forty years of life always afraid of something. All of that fearful energy was like a giant boulder around my neck and it coloured all of my decisions, wants, hopes and dreams. The big turning point for me came when I stepped so far out of my comfort zone that it became just a distant, little blip on the map. “What did I do?” you ask. I hiked for 7 hours to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, stayed overnight and hiked for 9 hours back out. By the time that was over every single part of me knew that if I could do that … then I could do anything!
I would love to say that after the Grand Canyon episode I was never afraid again … unfortunately that wouldn’t be true. What is true, however, is that after my great adventure I’d stomp on up to pretty much any fear … stare it in the face (sometimes from behind Capital “L” Life’s big presence) … and move through or past it like the shadowy, foggy thing it really was. After enough tussles with fear … where I came out the decided winner … I learned that fear is simply a noisy, grumpy ghost who stands between me and a Joy-filled outcome.
The trip through Medical Crisis Land pretty much put the final nail into the coffin of living a fear-filled life. It very quickly became apparent to me that fear and becoming well again were mutually exclusive options … and I bet you can guess which one I was voting for!??! I’d have to say that my decision to send fear packing and to embrace Joy has turned out really well! Joy is a great house-guest and Miss Perky and I are planning on bestowing permanent resident status on her. Keep your eyes open and when you find us dancing in the sunlight … chasing rainbows … and playing games of “I dream” and I spy” with Life … join in … Joy is always happy to make new friends.
Arinaste Everyone (from my heart to your heart)