How do we bring more joy into our lives? How can we feel more fulfilled?
That is the 64 million-dollar question. And it’s a difficult one to answer because joy means something different to all of us. One thing is certain, though: I’ve never known anyone to experience joy unless they find purpose in their life.
You know, we all have jobs that pay the bills. Some of us are lucky enough to find passion and purpose in our career. But if that’s not you, then you need to find something that does bring you joy in addition to your work. If your day job feeds your family, you must find something that feeds your soul.
Here’s an example: for years I went to a chiropractor. She helped me recover from a car accident and cured me from a neck pain that I thought would haunt me for the rest of my life. She was the best darn chiropractor I ever had. Then one day I noticed her earrings and complimented her. She said she made them herself, then led me into her back room that was filled with beads and wires and clasps. THAT is what she loved doing in her spare time. Her chiropractic business fed her family; her hobby of making jewelry fed her soul.
The website Etsy is filled with homemade wares that fill someone’s purpose. I’ll bet you that most of the people selling their handcrafted items have full time jobs that are not related to what they are selling on Etsy. Yet they have found a way to cultivate meaningful work. They have found a way to bring purpose into their life. And if arts & crafts isn’t for you, what about volunteering? What club or organization can you become involved with that brings joy into your life.
So, maybe it’s time to let go of “supposed to.” You’re supposed to be miserable at work or you’re supposed to work only at what brings in money. What else can you do, in addition to your day job, that makes your life meaningful. What else can you do to lean into joy.