Offering Luminaries A Place to Cultivate
Enjoy A Little Peace & Ease
While on Your Journey to Become
Who You are Meant to Be....
I sign most of my work email correspondence with “Enjoy, Tracy”. I have been doing this for a few years now, although on some days I read it “ Enjoy -me- Tracy”. Leaving me to wonder if this sounds corny and consider removing it. My intention is....
...to send the recipient a little joy blessing. Or at least offer them a moment to look for joy even within the dull non-inspiring email.
My fingers can type this closing line as if on auto pilot. I even find myself finishing the first edits of my blog posts with the same salutation by happenstance. Over the last few months I have found that I end many business conversations with enjoy your day, or enjoy yourself.
This practice did not develop with intention- as if I hope to force the idea on the recipient. Instead, I believe at a subtle level this has been an out pouring from my heart to remind me to enjoy myself.
Recently my husband took a quick trip to Vegas. We lived there for years, in fact this is where we met over twenty two years ago. I had the house to myself, and I treasure these days; cooking, eating and napping on my schedule. It actually feels like a vacation in my home.
What does my husbands travel plans have to do with finding joy you might be asking? Truth is both of us were seeking joy.
I was able to find joy— and I fully embraced it. My dear husband returned, sharing that joy was elusive at best. I had already been thinking about his experience based on our check-ins and sweet dream wishes. What was missing- what could be done to find joy, especially when you specifically go seeking the warm feelings that come with joy’s discovery.
Over morning tea ,we talked about how being in the present moment when we were younger seemed pointless, so much to reach for, so much to achieve and earn. That even though we sat squarely in joyful experience, after joyful experience for some reason our conditioning had us thinking there was something more. Now all these years later we are looking at how amazing these times had been.
From this point, as wise as he always is, he asked, what joy are we experiencing now that we are missing? What moments will our future self wish we noticed? This caught my breath, what… well…. No I am… no wait a minute. Ok, I guess you are right, I am missing them just like when I was younger.
On second thought maybe I should call this article lessons from a dull trip to sin city.
I believe that these ideas were circling my mind before our morning tea. I had been thinking about how many meals I blow through in the prep and the eating- trying to drive myself to the point of joy where I can finally relax. How many mornings I drag myself down stairs to try and get in some body time, eyes half shut as I watch the time tick toward the start of work. I can’t even recall most drives home from work, unless the dull sense of brain fog counts. How many good songs play in my office that I never stop and listen to. This list if I am honest is a mile long- and would bore you if I continue.
My point here is that my heart wants me to find joy in the now. Yet, I keep thinking that I will do this some day- or later after lunch- or better yet I will find joy when I take the trip. Of course, Joy answers back, as if she is listening to my inner thoughts and shares— its now, I am here now.
Sitting on my bed where I love to write, vacation day taken, snow falling, sleepy puppy resting next to me, with the love of my life down stairs flipping through the TV guide to find shows I love or might love to watch, recording them for me. Songs playing on a loop in my ear, a house full of food, family I love, friends in various cities. Is there joy here? My answer is… plenty of joy.
Leaving me to ask, when will I stop thinking joy is somewhere else?
I do the same thing at work… always something more to achieve and earn. Yet, with my efforts and the support of the Divine I have a team that knows what I expect and I trust them to do their best, four days off and they are just fine. That is pure joy-for a boss would you not agree?
My journey to find joy- has finally been a success- Joy is here right now. The enemy of joy is stress, and the antidote is stopping even for just a moment and noticing - with this simple practice I will find a million moments of joy without much effort.
In what ways to you bring joy into your daily life?
What new practices do you hope might bring you closer to joy?
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