Somewhere, everywhere, toddlers around the world are teaching their parents to slow down, to take a breather, to just enjoy.
Oh how that phrase used to bother me! It meant “tolerate the intolerable, suck it up.”
I found a new way to hear it.
It starts with a question.
How can I experience joy right now?
Not tomorrow. Not yesterday. But this moment. This moment that is a present.
I don’t have to tolerate the intolerable. I shouldn’t.
What can I do to make this fun?
Zoom in on the pleasure. Pan out on the pain. Pick a new focal point.
Remove something from the recipe. Add something.
Lemon with honey, cranberries with sugar, a pinch of this and a dash of that is what makes a delicious meal delicious.
Maybe I’ll turn up the volume. There’s a song playing that I like.
Maybe I’ll tune out the noise. Now I can hear.
Now I can receive.
You don’t need to enjoy to be in joy.
You are in joy.
Euphoria is inside.