It’s such a simple question. Your initial reaction to the question, ‘Are you sleep walking through life’ may have been an offended “NO!” But too often, we get caught up in the daily busyness of life that we don’t look that far ahead. This is why those milestone birthdays – 30, 40, 50, 60 – can be a struggle. “Where did the time go? How did I get to be this old?” This is why we get so excited about New Year’s Day! It’s a fresh start – we get to hit the re-set button! Even though we know we’re probably not going to do anything different. Why?
Because you haven’t made a decision that matters to you! You can continue to just sleep walk through your life, or you can be excited and know you’re heading in a direction that’s right for you. It is time to wake up. Here’s how to begin that process
Reflect back on times in your life when you felt a lot of joy (even as a kid) – What was going on, who were you with, what was it about that situation that made you feel joy? All of those situations may not be possible now – and that’s fine. Right now just look at the situations and notice themes.
Allow yourself to fully experience the joy brought on by remembering. This isn’t a clinical observation of who, what, when, where. Be still, if even for a few minutes, and remember what those feelings were like. Give yourself permission to sit with them and enjoy them again.
Look for current opportunities in your life where you can experience that same kind of joy. Just keep it at the forefront of your mind to see ways where you can have more of that on a daily basis.