Little Joys Ch.40

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 9th, 2020

There is something extra special about sharing something you find really fascinating with someone you care for and seeing them fully become enraptured by it. Watching the emotions play across their face, the confusion, the understanding, the new insights swirling through their mind stamped onto their face, the literal shifting of their being happening right before your eyes, and all because you showed them something you care about.

It’s a kind of bliss brought into reality.

Little Joys Ch.39

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 8th, 2020

The world of film and television has been bombarded by low quality projects with very little effort put into the crafting of story or characters. But every once in awhile something comes around that jars you out of the disappointment zone and into that joyous area of  wonder that new stories bring.

Of course, this is a very subjective feeling. Everyone has their own subconscious criteria that allows them to enjoy a show or movie.

I came upon a new Netflix series release over the weekend called Locke & Key. Based off a graphic novel series, it has been in and out of development for nearly a decade, until it was finally picked up recently, and I have to say that I find Netflix did a great job with it.

It was suspenseful, kept you guessing, left enough clues that you could make assumptions and there was a 50-50 chance you were right or wrong. The young cast did well enough to make you genuinely believe in them, and the magic system and story were good enough to draw me in again and again.

It was a bit frustrating due to many decisions not making sense, so much could have been found out by characters by simply using the magic properly, but that is to be expected in a show that is trying to keep as much mystery as possible so that you come back for more.

All in all, it was a nice change to have a show with magic actually turn out relatively well, which bodes well for the future of book adaptations, I hope they continue to make more.

I definitely recommend checking the show out.

Little Joys Ch.38

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 7th, 2020

The moment you realize that there is an easy fix for something that has been bothering you for a long while is a happy occasion.

Sometimes we are so fixated on being annoyed by something or someones apparently lack of perfection that we fail to see that the way to solve the problem is right in front of our face.

Take a deep breath, and the answer will most probably come to you in time.

Little Joys Ch. 37

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 6th, 2020

Passion is a fascinating thing. When it hits someone, or a group, it can help create the most beautiful, weird, awesome works that we have had the pleasure to see and hear in our lifetimes.

As I was re-watching whisper of the heart yesterday, one of studio Ghibli’s films, I was caught up in how beautiful every scene was, the attention to detail, the care put into each characters development, even if what they did or said was quite silly.

It was a double hit to the soul really, as the main characters of the film are two young children who are embarking on separate journeys in which they are discovering their passions and what they enjoy doing. For one, that is going to Italy to learn to create violins, for the other, it is becoming a writer, and developing her own story for the first time in her life. Intertwined through it all is a focus on discovery, on pushing themselves to see what they can do, to see whether what is in their head and hearts is real.

For many of us, passion ebbs and wanes. It is hard to maintain sometimes, because of the monotony of the daily grind, issues with family and friends, relationship woes, sickness and fatigue, the list goes on and on. We forget all about that joy of discovery we had when we were younger, when it was all about the journey, about testing our limits, seeing what we were capable of.

Part of my leaving home and traveling around has been a giant test run. To see if I was able to do this writing thing. And it’s been a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs, moments of furious creativity, followed by weeks and months of listless energy and a void in my mind so vast I felt like I was falling without end.

But then I come across something like whisper of the heart, and I remember why I started this, what the whole point of it all is. It’s the discovery, the journey, the beauty of trying to find a light in all this chaos.

One step at a time.

One little joy at a time.

 

 

Fitness War Stupidity

For many years now, the interwebz have been host to war. A war between the different camps of fitness.

Whether its the functional movement folks, the bodybuilders, the athletes, the list goes on and on as to how many groups want to exclaim how much better their form of training is compared to others.

At the end of the day though, all that matters is that you enjoy what you do.

Sure, training might be a pain in the ass sometimes, but it’s the consistency that matters. And to be consistent you need to enjoy what you’re doing to one degree or another.
Now it may be that the enjoyment you pull from your training has nothing to do with the actual training you’re doing at the moment, but more so the effect you know that training is going to have on other aspects of your life. Maybe working out will make you better at playing soccer every Wednesday with your buddies, or maybe you love taking 4-hour hikes up mountainsides and meditating while looking over the world. For those online geeks and workers such as myself, training your body will help keep your mind sharp and help you stay healthy and looking great when hours of hunched over computer work and gaming tries to scrunch you up into an Igor looking figure.

Whatever your reasons, training can be of huge benefit to pretty much any endeavor you hope to embark on.  Ideally, finding simple pleasure in moving your body as nature intended, exploring every nook and cranny of this meat bag that we inhabit would bring everyone the joy they required to move around. But many don’t find this reasoning attractive, so focusing on the others is best, unless you happen to be one of the lucky few who simply love to move.

Remember that there is no end to training your body, just as there is no end to training your mind. There is always more to learn, more to explore, more to do. That is what makes life so exciting, its all magic.

Being able to think, and move and dance and lift and go crazy is a gift we all take for granted daily, so learn to appreciate it a bit more and treat your body with the respect it deserves.

Otherwise, it’ll kick your ass to the curb when you need it most.

Little Joys Ch. 36

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 5th, 2020

For the last few days, I have been quite a sickly fellow. I may have become so acquainted with my toilet bowl that it’s about time to give it a special name, but perhaps I will leave that for another day.

Being sick can be a time of reflection, to really recognize all the things you take for granted. Simply being able to walk around and enjoy the sun on your face, eat food without issue, just having energy in general.

Now that I am feeling a tad better today, I just want to give a high five to life. I know it’s taboo to say it in today’s culture, but there can always, always be something far worse that can happen to you. There is always a silver lining, and there is always someone out there suffering worse than you are.

Appreciating your life and what you have the capacity to do, whether it’s as simple as taking a walk, or reading a book, or talking with a friend.

The little things are all that matter in this life.

Find joy in them while you can.

Little Joys Ch.35

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 4th, 2020

Seeing a loved one again after a long time apart is blissful. There is nothing more comforting, to just hold them again and let your guard down.

A few minutes with someone who cares for you can be a profoundly healing experience.

Remember to always be appreciative of the time and care others choose to give to you.