JOY - What do you think of when you read this word? I’m currently reading the book, The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams. And it got me thinking...
Have you ever listened to a 6yr old speak? They are refreshingly honest and HUMAN. They know nothing other than to be themselves. My brother has been sending us a few vlogs by London, my 6yr old niece, and I think my favorite part, was when she accidentally spilled on herself, and just goes “oh! I spilled on myself, oh well!” And giggled. Or when she was trying to limbo under some street post and fell on her bum, she started to laugh hysterically.
It’s refreshing because kids don’t take life, too seriously. Somewhere around middle school, kids start to be made fun of, and we all develop insecurities & become self conscious. .
I think the reason why the 6yr old mind is so inspiring to me, is because I can easily be intimidated and shy. Especially, when I don’t know someone, or I think I might know someone but I’m not sure if they remember me, or if I forget someone’s name, etc. I become scared...of PEOPLE. When, I say that out loud it actually is kind of funny. Most people wouldn’t guess this because I tend to be outgoing, but on the inside I’m feeling anxious and nervous. We pick ourselves a part, while also judging others. We ask ourselves, “Did I say the right thing?”, “Do they like me?”, etc. .
How easy it is to get caught up in our own heads and become worried about people’s perception of us. .
What does this have to do with Joy, though? In this book, it references this Buddhist message, “As long as you are too focused on your self-importance and too caught up in thinking about how you are good or bad, you will experience suffering.“ Then the book goes on to say, “The three factors that seems to have the greatest influence on increasing our happiness are our ability to reframe a situation more positively, our ability to experience gratitude, and our choice to be kind and generous.” .
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is to step outside myself. To look at others with compassion and know we are all just HUMAN. #getregimental #joy #humanity