Joyous and Free

As I am forced to see the outcome of others perceived righteous indignation on small and large scales. I find myself acting with a renewed sense of purpose. I will be Joyous and Free.
Let me start by examining my words. I’ve inserted definitions of the words I’m using to describe a state of being, I desire.
World English Dictionary

joyous (ˈdʒɔɪəs)
— adj
1.having a happy nature or mood
2.joyful

joy (dʒɔɪ)
— n
1.a deep feeling or condition of happiness or contentment
2.something causing such a feeling; a source of happiness
3.an outward show of pleasure or delight; rejoicing

free (friː)
— adj (and foll by from ) , freer , freest
1.able to act at will; not under compulsion or restraint
2.a.having personal rights or liberty; not enslaved or confined
b. ( as noun ): land of the free
3.not subject (to) or restricted (by some regulation, constraint, etc); exempt: a free market ; free from pain
4.(of a country, etc) autonomous or independent
5.exempt from external direction or restriction; not forced or induced: free will

I think I’ll take two number 1’s and a number 5 please. Can you super-size that?!

· How does one become Joyous and Free?
I shall strive to be of a happy nature, with deep feelings of true happiness. While living in a condition of contentment. Released from the attachment of external direction or restriction of another’s will

My first act towards this goal – I refuse to be pushed or provoke into a state of aggression/ depression for someone else’s agenda. This is supported by my God given right of free will. Thus, provides me the choice to take action and not react to blatant acts of hostility. I choose to turn the other cheek. My action will be to turn it over to God.

Romans 12:19-21
12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

· Is it possible to be Joyous and Free all the time?
I realize that I am a Human Being designed by God, in God’s likeness, but I am not God in wholeness. I take my will back from God often. As, I grow during my journey I am quicker to recognize my slip and correct it much sooner than ever before. As in The Lord’s Prayer “ Thy will be done”. The more I model my ways in this light, the more often I will experience joy and freedom.

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Purging old ways

I am, whom I’m suppose to be in this moment.

When my mind is in fast forward, always attempting to be in the next moment I tend to forget my true purpose. To live.

My daughter said to me today “I can’t wait till it’s summer! How about you?” I replied “Yes, I can wait.” She gave me a look like I was crazy. So, I went on to say “If I wish today away, the faster summer would come and then go. Before you know it will be winter again” she seemed to get what I was saying. I wasn’t always like this, I was the kid that would wish/pray for the last day of school on the first.

Accepting who, what and where I am in the moment allows me to be present. If I’m present I can fully embrace the gift that life is.

Here is an excerpt from one of my favorite books:

“And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation—some fact of my life —unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concen- trate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.”
Acceptance Was the Answer chapter 16 of The Big Book

http://www.aa.org/bigbookonline/en_theystoppedintime16.pdf

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