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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The Brighter Side

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If you find yourself having more negative thoughts then positive it’s time to change your perception of what happens to you. These feelings are just your reactions to situations. Who says you need to react negatively? This is a learned trait, not what has to be. Allow me to create a scenario for you.

There is this couple, who’ve been dating for years. When anyone looked at them you would say they’re perfect together! Many asked “so when are you two going to get married?” They would smile and giggle and look into each others eyes, but never really committed to an answer. One day, one of them came home from a rough day at work and expected their other half would visit and help them decompress. The expectation was that they would do the usual and watch a movie and order some food. Unfortunately, when the other came over to begin the evening, they seemed a bit off. With tears in their eyes they gave the “it’s not you it’s me” routine. Then, proceeded to break the others heart with goodbyes and promises that they’ll find the right person one day.

This typically goes one of two ways; you react in despair (most common) or you can react with gratitude.

Believe me when I say “been there, done that” on both reactions.

The easiest and predictable reaction would to be to first, create a resentment towards the person. Then, accuse them of all the depravities of the world. Next, having constant thoughts of “how could they do this to me” or “they never really loved me”. Finally, reviewing the time that they spent together deeming it as tainted. Doesn’t need to be in that order. This is just how I would organize myself torment.

The most difficult and purposeful reaction is to ride the wave of hurt, knowing that this to shall pass. While treasuring all the wonder emotions felt good and bad. Embracing the lessons learned about each other and most importantly what you learned about yourself. This takes practice and good intention. It’s worth the work.

As humans we are put on this beautiful earth to experience all things both pleasurable and painful. I know the painful moments can drive you to do things you wouldn’t normally do. I truly believe without pain there can not be any growth. I have experience a tremendous amount of pain in my short life and I would never change it for anything! I would go through it all again to keep the lessons I’ve learned and the love of the people whom are in my life today. The gratitude I have for life in this moment is worth the hell I felt. The practice of “let go and let God” is a life saver (it really is, it decreases your stress which in turns decreases the chances of heart attacks and strokes). I’ll always go back to my nursing roots…

Release the guilt, pain and worry of yesterday, today and live a happy and healthy life.

Love and Light,

Kim

I would love to hear any questions or comments of the subject of life