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I got this daily e-mail from Hugh MacLeod’s Gapingvoid a while back, and I just wanted to state that I feel grateful to know that I already share some fundamental principles with people who I admire.  Hugh draws art on the backs of business cards, and this one includes a mantra that I’ll provide for those that don’t have the time to click on the link:

“i will experience JOY at least once today. i don’t care what it costs me.”

I know that my mantra is to Always Enjoy Life, but Hugh’s is certainly a good start for those that are new to this active seeking of joy. Come to think of it, there are some days where I need to accept and be satisfied that I at least experienced joy once.

Of course, the power in this statement is the second sentence. There is a lot I will give up to experience joy in life – while being a moral, contributing member to society at the same time.

I’ve given up many “friends” and acquaintances because they bring me down to much, or want me to follow them down a path that I do not want to be a part of.

I’ve given up a lot of time and energy to others because I know that the joy that comes with helping them is more than the “joy” I’ll get from sitting on my butt.

I’ve also given up plenty of pride to let the other person win an argument because sometimes most of the time winning is just not worth the stress.

Life’s just too short to not have at least one enjoyable moment every day.  If you haven’t had one yet, create one, regardless of what it might cost you or who else it might piss off. Give a crap about something or someone besides you. Do something for yourself if you’re burnt out helping others.

Feel free to start at one, but I think it’s possible to experience JOY at least five times a day right off the bat.  Try it. The next thing you know, anything less than enjoyment in every moment of your day will be unacceptable (but there’s always tomorrow).

Always Enjoy Life,

Zach Ellerbrook

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I have been reading an extensive amount of blogs lately.

The honest reason is that I’ve been procrastinating on “getting serious” with my writing, and I have used reading other blogs as an excuse.  It can be intimidating to read many well-written blogs, with hundreds of archived messages, thousands of followers, and look at my own piddily-looking blog with almost a year between posts – the last one about how I’m not even blogging.

Not exactly the best example of demanding enjoyment out of life.

I have recently taken a different tack on my preparations on writing “for real”. It started with Everett Bogue’s series on using minimalism to leave your day job. In it he gives great inspirational and practical suggestions on how to get moving with a plan to prevent work for work’s sake. That’s when I remembered this work of art by Hugh MacLeod:

gaping void wallpaper

My procrastination prevention tool. Sometimes it works.

This is my current desktop. It is motivation for me to stop whining about my overly-busy life (mostly due to a J. O. B.) and break out of it. I am also positive that I can help people demand enjoyment out of life, but that won’t happen while I keep saying I’m not ready or I’m not good enough.

You don’t have to join the minimalist movement to enjoy life (though I’m trying). You don’t have, and maybe shouldn’t, quit your day job to enjoy life (though it sure sounds attractive). All that is required is cultivating an attitude that brings some kind of enjoyment to any life experience.

This may be hard to find at first, but a great example is my 2-year-old popping her head into the bedroom as I am writing this post. I could get annoyed because I have to eat lunch, shave, and get dressed before going to work – or I can just take the 30-second break to take in the joy that this beautiful young lady is so freely giving to me.

Always enjoying life is something that matters, and it’s not easy. That is why I’m here, and that is why I need to get off my butt  and explain how I try to enjoy every moment of my life without exceptions.

Thanks Hugh for the inspiration, and thanks to Tyler for helping me finally get to work.

Always Enjoy Life,
Zach Ellerbrook

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