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JOYFUL ART…”How am I supposed to be joyful when horrible things keep happening?"

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This episode is part of our JOYFUL ART OF BUSINESS™ series wherein we explore how to combine the positive benefits of our professional endeavors (“business”) with the overall positive emotional return on our efforts (“joy”). Our episode topic is, ”How am I supposed to be joyful when horrible things keep happening?”

“Joyful? Really? How am I supposed to swallow this “joyful” stuff when my life is horrible? Painful. Depressing. Lonely. Must be easy for “some people” to “be joyful” when their lives are easy! If people were facing real problems they wouldn’t have time for “joy” because they would be too mired in the never-ending “pain and disappointment.” Life is to be endured, not enjoyed.”

These are sentiments that I have heard countless times. I am asked how I can “peddle joy” when I know that life is horrific for many people. If I did not genuinely believe the content, I would not provide it. I write the content from my heart in an effort in my own small way to help (people, organizations, etc.).

Life is brutal. Many people endure pain that is unrelenting. Violence, exploitation, abuse, are all events I have experienced and addressed for my clients. I am a proponent of calibrating the measurement of “good” versus “bad” in life in a manner to provide the best possible outcome. Gratitude, living in the present moment, exposure to the suffering of other people, time with your own quiet thoughts, etc., are all tools that are options to deploy in an effort to be more joyful. Either we stay and fight for our best lives (joyful, stable, safe, etc.), or we give in (to bitterness, rage, etc.), or we give up. I am making the choice each day to be kind to myself and take all available action to maximize my personal and professional joy. The alternatives are worse. Let’s discuss.

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