A flight from the joy of life

It’s tempting to lay wide awake, waiting for the other shoe to fall,
expecting our abundance to prove itself temporary and a lie. 

Because from an
evolutionary perspective, there’s this anxious part of ourselves that believes
if we’re not worrying, we’re being irresponsible. 

If we’re not feeling the
pinch of panic at least some of the
time, we’re growing complacent and setting ourselves up for risk and putting
ourselves in harm’s way. 

It’s a perfectly human reaction. Carrying ourselves as
though braced for the worst inoculates us from danger. 

The problem is, the
moment something triggers our anxiety, we are no longer living in joy. It’s
like a dormant virus that wakes up when stress weakens the immune system. And
it makes us feel like crap. 

This is too good to be true. I must have gotten
away with something. I’m only here on a technicality. Looks like I pulled
another fast one on the world. Better enjoy it while it lasts. 

That’s no way to live. Persistent concern about negative recurrence and
uncertainty about the future might make us feel noble and heroic, but it also sabotages
our joy. 

It’s like guy who scores a date with the girl that he thinks is way
too beautiful for him. Trapped in his trance of unworthiness, he spends
the entire evening wondering what the hell she sees in him and forgets to enjoy
the view. 

What a waste. 

The goal is to convince ourselves that wherever
we have arrived is permissible, earned and exactly where we need to be right
now. The goal is to be ready to revel in the beauty of what is unfolding, not
just be a good sport and roll over for whatever disaster the universe has in
store for us next. 

And one day, should it all up and disappear like a fart in
the wind, we give thanks for the time we had with it and trust that our divine
supply will replenish when the time is right.


Have you seduced yourself into thinking that your joy is not here but there, somewhere in the future?

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Scott Ginsberg

That Guy with the Nametag

Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.  



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