A few years ago I had a very difficult year. There’s a list that pops up periodically in articles of serious stressors and I was affected by a fair number of them in this particular year. This isn’t about stressors or difficulties, though. It is about finding your joy by understanding yourself.
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer.”
I learned many, many things that year, but two stand out as beacons to me still. The first is just as Mr. Camus states above, only my personal expression is that there is joy to be found. It is in such varied and unexpected places if we can only keep our minds, ears, eyes and hearts open to absorb it. Or since such constant vigilance is difficult to maintain, remind ourselves of the possibility on a frequent basis.
The second was an idea that took hold of me then that every person has within them a ‘great thing’. Some people have more than one; some people may never realize their great thing. But it exists and just waits to be discovered. No one else can tell you what your great thing is; you must look inside yourself and then nurture it.
By saying great thing, I don’t mean to imply that it is something that will bring fame and riches or indeed any sort of renown necessarily. (And I am deliberately not capitalizing great thing because it is personal.) Your great thing will most likely play a part in your definition of success.
“Do not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness.”
I have a friend that posted on Facebook shortly after this past New Year that while at a party she was asked the traditional question about her resolution for 2013 and on the spur of the moment she answered to sparkle. Isn’t that just grand? She has had her trials, but she chooses to sparkle. (She is possessed of an excellent wit, so I have no doubt that she will be able to fulfill this resolution.)
Finding joy, nurturing your great thing, or sparkling won’t prevent the trials and tribulations of life from pecking at you, this is true. But each will help you to achieve contentment, and internalized, will flavor all your endeavors.
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