On this day of Advent,
I remember to live in joy.
Do you remember Joy, the ever buzzy and hyper blue-haired girl from INSIDE OUT? She is the epitome of exuberant joy!
“Do you ever look at someone and wonder, “What is going on inside their head?”Joy, Inside Out
As you can learn from the movie as well, Joy is a matter of choice just like any other feelings such as sadness, anger, or fear. Though we are not aware of it most of time because we are on auto-pilot most of the time when it comes to generating emotions, the truth of the matter is that we chose our emotional reactions to any situations. There are many great learned speakers out there who share about the mechanics of how that actually happens. I am not going to go into details right now.
I wish to share about entering a state of Joy. How? JOY taught me that you can take on the lenses of a wonderous child and chose to look at life from an angel of ‘that’s interesting!’. When people do things that I do not usually like, instead of judging it and making my way of doing things the right way, I simply state that ‘it is an interesting way’ of doing things and move on. Or, when someone is rude, I notice the fear behind their words and state that ‘it is an interesting way of responding’ then I move on. I am practicing turning it all on their good side. Why? Because there is a LOT that cannot be controlled in life so I’d simple better accept it as it is. I don’t have to like it, in most cases I don’t even have to live with it, nor do I need to judge it. I keep myself uplifted by staying observant and curious. I chose to find situations funny instead of annoying. It is simply a choice.