Are you feeling joyful today? If you are, why? Is there a way you can share it?
These are loaded questions, so let’s explore some thoughts on the topic.
I know people who are grandparents. When I ask them anything about their grandchildren, their faces light up like a sky of fireworks on the fourth of July. They beam with joy.
When I listen to the symphony, as the conductor and musicians are playing the composition, they exude a joy I can see, hear and feel.
If you’ve ever watched a chef prepare a dish, whether in person or on television, he or she exudes joy while creating the beautiful, delicious meal. Then, when that first bite is taken that we have no way of sharing…WOW! I want that!
Now I’m going to push the envelope: is there some part of living in a healthy way that brings you joy?
- Maybe you love going to the gym, and your friends there are fun. Joy.
- You thought you hated eggplant, until you stumbled upon a recipe that was simple and intriguing, so you tried it AND liked it. Joy.
- When you go out to eat and you remember your rule about taking home a box with some of your AMAZING meal so you have leftovers for lunch the next day…Joy.
- Gardening is a nice hobby that keeps you moving and agile. The flowers and vegetables are a great benefit. Joy.
Now, how can you take a slice of your fitness joy and share it with a friend, spouse or colleague that may be stuck? Perhaps they are having some life challenges and feeling bad—bad about their life, their lack of motivation, and their absence of JOY.
- Try a new recipe and have them over to dine with you.
- Share your most motivating workout song with them.
- Call them and make a plan to do some activity together—golf, walk, tennis, coffee. (Sometimes you have to start really small.)
- Go to a “new” restaurant and find the two healthiest items on the menu and split them. Remember your rule about the box going home.
- Check out one of the farmer’s markets and buy a vegetable that scares you—just a little. Find a recipe and make it together.
- Start a dinner club that eats together once a month and try “healthy” recipes from various countries. We used to do this years ago and took turns hosting. We ate well and it was really FUN!
So today, zero in on your joy and then think of a way to share it. Even if it seemingly has nothing to do with fitness, you will help somebody feel better.
Whatever you come up with, the world will shine a bit brighter because of it!
“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” –Mark Twain