Knowing that attitude is the most critical factor in determining ones level of success, (if you don’t believe that, go back and read previous posts or get a copy of Unshackled Leadership) I have been thinking this week about the attitude of joy. Do you experience joy? Are you joyous? Do you awake every day (or most) with a level of enthusiasm and excitement about your day?
It’s not my experience that very many people will answer those questions yes. I’m not sure I can answer them yes myself, which is why I’ve been thinking about it. Yet when I look at the issue objectively, it seems to me that it’s a shame that we all can’t answer those questions with a resounding yes. Why? Look at the facts:
80% of the people on this planet live in poverty, 70% are illiterate and 50% suffer from hunger and malnutrition. About a billion people do not have ready access to clean water. If you have never experienced the horror of war, the solitude of prison, the pain of torture, were not close to death from starvation, then you are better off than 500 million people. If you can go to your place of worship without fear that someone will assault or kill you, then you are luckier than 3 billion (that’s right) people.
If you’re reading this, it’s pretty evident that none of those horrible statistics apply to you. So have I made my point? It seems to me that why we all don’t experience enormous amounts of joy is that instead of thinking about how fortunate we are, we spend our time thinking about all of the things we want and don’t yet have. And, of course, it’s the ego that has us do that because it knows that if we do, we won’t experience joy.
For me, I've decided to focus my intention this week on experiencing joy. And I’ll use the above facts to support me in doing that. Would you like to join me?