What Inspires You Reveals A Reason To Live!

Why were we taught that it was wrong to be happy and have fun at work? Why was it wrong to be passionate about life?

Life has many passions on the TO DO LIST

Life has many passions on the TO DO LIST

Some people are just not genetically put together to function properly in the morning. This story is not for you. But if your lack of appetite for a new day is anchored in discouragement or depression, you may want to take notice of the following.

Not too anxious to start the day? Or maybe it’s late in the day and you just haven’t been able to make yourself get up and go yet. I understand how you’re feeling. I’ve been there many times myself. You know what you need? You need to remind yourself of what it is that inspires you in and about life. What is it that gets you excited? What about living exactly makes you look forward to starting the day?

It isn’t a hard list, but unfortunately some of us will have to dig down deep into our childhood to remember what inspires us. Some of us have been so beaten by life that we have no joy or interest in making ourselves happy again. I pity the person that has to dredge through the day and can hardly wait to go to bed and let life pass by. My mother used to reprimand us when we proclaimed that we couldn’t wait for the weekend to arrive. “So you will trade in the rest of the weekdays, just to have weekends”? she would say. “That’s pathetic.” And she was right. Why waste even one precious day of your life by wishing it to be over?

Yes, it’s a shame that many of us forget that boost of inspiration that makes us happy or excited. Some of us lost it when we were little kids. We used to see wonder and excitement in the sunshine and the warmth of the day, but we daily discipline made us loose spontaneity and somehow trained us to not get excited about life. We saw our parents get depressed over unpaid bills and tensions at work or in the marriage, and soon every day nobody was laughing, and you began to forget how to laugh as well.

It’s time to start remembering. What made you excited? What did you laugh at when you saw or heard it? What made life worthwhile?

Many parents made the mistake of teaching us it was wrong to be happy, that silliness was not a mature thing, that you weren’t supposed to have fun at work because that’s what it was, “Work!”

Well, it’s time to relearn that life is meant to be exciting, that there are reasons that you get excited, and it is those reasons that make life worth living, and to exclude those happy aspects from your life is to eliminate the best part of existence. In fact, with the fear of too much personal revelation, let me show you a partial list of some of the things that make me excited: Disney World, Movies, Horses & Westerns, Women (sometimes) and Travel. You have a similar list within yourself that, if you take the time to contemplate, will make you excited just thinking about it.

So, in spite of what you think you have learned, put a good effort in re-tooling and re-learning. Make a list of those things that make you excited, even passionate. If that list is longer than five things, cut it down to five things. If the list is shorter than five things, then no wonder you aren’t happy with your day. You need to regenerate your life and renew that excitement, otherwise you’re going to spend every day of this immense gift in the doldrums, and that’s not fun.

There’s the word: FUN!

What is fun for you? What kind of job would not be work, but would be fun to go to everyday? I had a client years ago who I had been seeing regularly for awhile, and he was always in a stage of depression. Then one day he came storming into my office and shouted, “I found it! I found my ideal job?” He was ecstatic. “Great!” I responded, “What is it?” “I got hired at Disney World to clean the monorails during the midnight shift when the park closes and everybody has gone home.”

Soon he moved to Orlando. After I hadn’t seen him for years I decided to check up on him and I tried the number he had given to me when he moved to Orlando, and sure enough it was still his.

He answered his phone, not with the depressed tone that I had become used to, but excited and pleasant which I took as a good sign. When I asked him how he was, he explained that he couldn’t be happier, and he was one of the supervisors responsible for all sanitation of the entire transportation system at the Park. Now his job and their responsibilities are not how I would want to spend my day or make my money, but he was thrilled, kept his job until he was promoted within the ranks (Mickey must have been happy), and life had been exciting according to him ever since he first started to clean the monorail. And when I visit the Park (One of the things that inspire me every time I visit), I’m sure grateful he’s there doing his job.

We have different talents, and there are different enjoyments in life that inspire some of us, but not all of us the same, and that is why we are given those inspirations in the first place; to meet the many needs of a complex world. They are the gifts to enjoy life more.

So write down that list and make it a goal everyday to spend some time with a few if not all the entries on that list. Soon you will find yourself excitedly awaiting a brand-new day to enjoy.

John Lennon once observed:

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”

(Watch FOCUS ON JACKSONVILLE on COMCAST TV Channel 99 on Wednesdays at 5:30PM hosted by Dr. Keith Johnson).

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