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Finding joy in our journey here on earth at times can seem daunting as life’s challenges and obstacles can create sometimes seemingly overwhelming sadness, sorrow and depression. Overcoming this cycle many of us find ourselves in at one point or another in this life is key to finding that lasting joy we all seek. It is upon learning, understanding, believing and then acting upon the belief, that we are in control of our own happiness and joy, that we can finally take control of our own lives. We can discover the true joy that exists and that we alone control. Perspective, gratitude and focus are some of the most powerful tools we have at our own personal disposal to change our own lives and find Joy in the journey. We alone control these tools, ones that can be used to change or destroy our lives. The choice is ours and ours alone, no one else can control that choice but ourselves.
Perspective and how we view ourselves, others around us, the circumstances we find ourselves in and the world around is critical to the level of happiness and joy we can attain in this life. By shifting our perspective towards a more positive outlook and looking at things from a broader view of the world we can eliminate much of our self doubt we encounter along the way. We will discover as we look through different lenses that the most difficult of life’s events can be overcome and that these moments can make us stronger. We will gain wisdom, understanding and clarity as we widen our view with which we see things. It’s all a matter of perspective.
Gratitude provides us the opportunity in our lives to see the blessings we are given each day. As we identify and write down the things we are grateful for our hearts and minds will be opened to seeing the positive in our lives. It may be as simple as a shirt on our backs, a dry place to sleep, to our children and families. Sincere gratitude for what we have in our lives and the blessings we are given, opens our hearts to recognizing that happiness does not come from no problems in our lives, it comes from our abilities to handle the problems we are given. Epicurus said it best “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” Be grateful in all things.
Focus is a fundamental key to finding joy in our lives, The law of attraction is immensely powerful, we attract into our lives that which we focus upon. Finding a clear perspective in everything allows us to master this law of attraction and bring these things into our lives we all desire, for “man is that he might have joy.” The things that we focus upon in life are the things we attract in our life. If we spend our time and effort focusing upon the negative things that happen to us, our circumstances, or what we deem “unfair” we will attract more the those negative situations into our lives. An individual who is sick and spends their time focused on the sickness, always seems to get more sick. Individuals who focus on others, and service to others, are always surrounded by great friends while those that focus inward and their loneliness, find themselves more lonely. A positive focus in life will bring about positive effects in our lives. We master that where we spend our time and energy (focus).
Our lives are meant to be filled with happiness, joy and love. We alone control our success or failure in these areas. We are the captain of our own ship, the choices we make with our perspectives, gratitude and focus will determine the level of success in life we find.
“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.” Steve Maraboli