My 5 Approaches to Living Joyfully

Nov 02, 2023

Let’s be honest, some aspects of the aging process can downright suck. And even though I’m the ultimate optimist, I confess – I get it. I see it. I feel it.

I’ve been sitting with this “awareness of my aging” for a while now…it’s been percolating in the back closet of my mind. But what I’ve come to realize, is that with the right mix of attitude, heart, humor, and most importantly…ACTION, this journey can still be quite the adventure!

Here are my top five approaches to living joyfully during the later chapters of life.

1. Do What it Takes to Soothe Aches and Pains

These days, my body seems to have a daily agenda of presenting me with both explained and unexplained aches and pains. It’s right there, front and center, in my mind, hips, feet, knees, elbows, hands, back, neck, and I could go on and on.

Dwelling up it and complaining about it to the world won’t do anyone, including myself, any good. So, I’ve...

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Finding Joy in the Strangest Places

Feb 10, 2022

Getting one of those take-your-breath-away “awe”some spiritual moments while attending a painting party in a backroom of a local bar & grill was the farthest thing from my mind when the three of us walked in ten minutes late feeling slightly uneasy for holding the class up. 

Facilitated by a dear friend who discovered he had “talent”, “inspiration” and “passion” for painting, I was delighted to be included and I’m always curious about how these three (talent, inspiration and passion) work synchronously, to bring about creativity and joy.

The waiting crowd welcomed us in and helped us find our places, get our materials, and of course, grab a refreshing beverage. 

I gathered my breath, felt warmly accepted and gazed around the room, and instantly knew it was going to be a magical evening.

In her book, “Atlas of the Heart”, Brene Brown defines joy “as an intense feeling of deep spiritual connection,...

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