Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Walk In Joy

by Alexys Fairfield

Remember when you were a child and people asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up?

You may have said a firefighter, singer, athlete, banker, artist, etc. You may have wanted to be more than one thing. 

You may have wanted to travel the world, explore new scenery, meet different cultures, and let life take you into it’s loving arms.

Whatever it was at the time sparked joy in you. You imagined yourself in that occupation and you felt that you could be anything. 

As you grew up, you may have gone in another direction by your own will or the wheel of life and something may have been left unsettled in your heart. Your joy may have been suspended.

I know people with multiple degrees and they still don’t know what they want to do. They search for contentment in the outer limits instead of the inner unlimited.

By reaching outside of themselves, they sometimes wind up in a sea of “iction;” addiction, confliction, affliction, constriction, infliction, fiction and transfixion.

My theory is that it can be traced back to the initial suspension of joy. That suspension subconsciously leads some of us astray and many of us never get back.

Until you know what you like - what you really like, you won’t be satisfied with anything else. Until you start making steps to feel joy, you will be floundering in dissatisfaction.

It takes real dedication and application to be happy and joyful. It’s a conscious accommodation. Reach for that childhood abandon to inspire you.

Change the “iction” for “ation;” cultivation, vibration, sensation, navigation, imagination, elation and animation.

If doing something is making you unhappy, stop doing it. If it is not that easy, take small steps until it gets easier. With each step, you are walking towards joy.

Small steps turn into big steps. Big steps turn into miles. Miles turn into journeys. Then you’re walking in joy.
What do you want to be when you grow up? The point is to be. Be joyful and just be. Walk in joy.