When we practice the tools we already discussed to make your life more joyful & positive we still have things happen to us. Life has a way of getting in the way of our joy. Last night & this morning I've had to deal with a family crisis & it reminded me that we can't abandon our joy just because of things that happen to us. We must remember that everything has it's time, just as the planet has it's seasons we go through times when things aren't going the way we would like them to go. This isn't because our practice is wrong, it's because things can't always be "the best" & because we can't control the other people in our lives.
I've talked a lot over the past two weeks about letting go & releasing control over everything in your life. Remember as much as we find comfort in control we can only truly control two things in our lives; ourselves & our reaction to others in our life. No matter how hard we try and no matter how much limited success we have with trying to control more, we can never be connected to God/universe until we understand this simple point.
So how do I deal with a crisis; I first ask myself what should I learn from this situation what is God/universe trying to teach me that I need help with. Second, I try to understand that as much as I love the people in my life, I can't make them change their life. All I can do for the people I love is love them for who they are and be there for them through whatever they have to deal with in their life.
I think this is an important lesson for all of us. Don't lose your focus because you've had to deal with unexpected things in your life. Stay as joyful as you can even in the difficult times & you'll be rewarded with more joy when the time comes.
I'm going to take the 4th & 5th off of the blog. I'll start back up on Monday. I welcome your comments or questions either here or on twitter. I hope you all have a joyous 4th.
Quote of the day "Find the joy even in during the fallow, difficult times for everything has it's time and none of them are without joy!"