Joy is an interesting word. You can't add a typical prefix to it and create an antonym. You can be unhappy but not unjoy. You can experience displeasure but not disjoy. You can express ingratitude but not injoy.
The first homemade cupcake I ever remember eating was during a PTA meeting at my older sister's elementary school. I must have been three or four.
Up until that time, I had eaten more than my share of Hostess products: Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Fruit Pies, Snowballs, Cupcakes. One thing all of these Hostess treats had in common was that they have some sort of filling in the middle.
As I sat there biting into this dry, crumbly cupcake with hardly any frosting on the top I just assumed there would be something in the middle of it--something to make eating this sponge of a baked good worthwhile. There's got to be a filling in here somewhere!
Imagine my shock and disappointment when I discovered there was nothing in the middle but more dried up cake! I figured something must be wrong. Maybe I got a dud. So, I went for another one and attacked it with gusto.
Same thing. Dry. Crumbly. And no filling inside.
Ever the optimist I grabbed a third one before one of the mothers present whispered to me, "There's never going to be anything in the middle of these. You might as well stop before you give yourself a tummy ache."
C'est la vie! Such is life. Sometimes it seems like a dry, spongy inedible thing. You can complain all you want about that, mumble and grumble and kvetch and moan, or you can keep digging in with gusto, telling yourself, "There's got to be a lesson in here somewhere!"
The key, I think, is to learn to enjoy the process of learning.
See, everything can teach you something--especially what we often consider failures. As John Maxwell says, "Sometimes you win; sometimes you learn." Everything teaches you something.
Also, you can learn something new every single day for the rest of your life. There is an endless supply of lessons to be learned, new perspectives to be gained. If you learned to enjoy learning, you'd enjoy every single day of the rest of your life.
If you enjoyed learning more, you'd learn more. The more you learn, the more you do. The more you do, the more you learn. The more you learn, the more you enjoy. The more you enjoy, the more you do.
It's possible to create an upward spiral of living, rather than the downward spiral so many of us fall into this time of year. That's what I want to help you do: I want to help you create an upward spiral for 2018. I want this to be your best year yet. That's why I'm writing these blog posts. That's why I offer coaching. I enjoy helping you succeed by learning and growing.
Please, if you're ready to make some changes and begin enjoying life again, contact me today. You won't regret it.
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