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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