10 Ways to Find Joy When You Think Life Sucks #6

November 30, 2010 By: celedra Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit

#6. Do something you’ve always wanted to do but just haven’t done yet.

Climbing a mountaintop, running a 10K, learning how to ice skate?  How about writing your memoir?    Just in case that’s the one,  Roger Housden will be doing a teleseminar here in January.  What a great way to start the New Year.  No matter what it is, there is something so vitalizing about expanding ourselves, getting out of our ruts and connecting with the part of ourselves that wants to grow through adventure into unknown and yet undiscovered experiences.
For 15 years, I had the privilege of doing hospice work.  These men and women were undoubtedly my greatest teachers .  Perhaps their greatest teaching to me was what so many of them experienced after they received their diagnoses.  They spoke about the freedom they felt for the first time in their lives -  a freedom that arose from a sudden lack of fear which had informed their lives, even in subtle ways.

It wasn’t the fear of climbing a mountaintop, it was the kind of fear that withheld a truth, subdued an exciting inclination, chose ‘being safe’  over the discomfort it can take to live fully, chose invisibility to authenticity.  They spoke of deep gratitude for this experience of finally living their lives fully, of taking risks and of saying a big YES to the adventures that they’d always wanted to do but just hadn’t done yet.

I pray that none of us have to wait for a life threatening diagnosis to decide to live a life of joy and adventure.  Because, as they would tell me over and over again – it just goes by so very quickly.

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