While watching it, I was reminded of how quickly life passes and how I often forego my own dreams to focus on the expectations of others. I go to work each day, do all the things expected of me, and then head home to complete all the chores and tasks that await me there. Each day seems routine, running like clockwork, with little in the way of variation or excitement.
A few years ago I was diagnosed with cancer and at that time I vowed that I would no longer continue to do things that made me unhappy or caused me stress. Of course, that was unrealistic to a degree; no one can avoid doing some things that are unpleasant. Nor can one completely avoid stress in his or her life. Even positive events can be stressful.
No, I think the point of my vow was to move generally in the way of living a more positive, joyful life. Looking back at the years since then, I realize that I have, to a large extent, failed in my attempts to do this. Perhaps it is because of poor choices. More likely it is in my own attitude toward things. Sometimes one is helpless to change their circumstances, but one can usually adjust his or her attitude toward the events by which he or she is surrounded.
Frank has made me a member (in good standing, I hope!) of the Joyous Rebellion. I think that the first thing I need to do is to create more joy in my own life. I will do some of the things that I have been continually putting on hold--fun things that bring life and fulfillment. By doing that, I make a conscious decision to life a joy-filled life, one that I hope will reflect joy to others. I want to radiate joy, becoming a beacon to others.
There are always going to be plenty of reasons to mope and to be pessimistic and fearful. By focusing on the positive, I may bring hope to others. There is just as much reason to hope as to fear! It's a choice, an attitude toward life that I hope I will own more fully in the coming year.