Little Joys ch.54

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 23rd, 2020

Joy is found in simplicity, in the small moments, in the appreciation of many of the things in life we all tend to take for granted.

These things pass by the wayside of our conscious perception, we become adapted to them, forget them, and show disrespect for their ability to uplift us.

Sometimes it’s passing by a beautiful tree right near our home, ignoring the sound of running water, being annoyed by the chirping of birds in the morning, never taking time to be with the friend you have had for twenty years. Sometimes it’s as simple as forgetting to appreciate medicine, and how, even though it can be dangerous and is not a panacea, can sometimes save our lives, or at least save us from massive discomfort.

As someone who gets incredibly sea sick, I decided to take some medicine on the ferry ride back to Bali yesterday. I felt like I was dying on the first boat ride, and it took me two days to recover from the nausea. Yet just taking two little pills not only completely eliminated the sea sickness on the way back, but allowed me to appreciate the beautiful scenery around me, the light reflecting off water, the mountains in the distance, and even just simple conversation with a fellow passenger beside me.

We are blessed to be born in a modern world which allows us the chance to deal with some of the more unfortunate reactions our bodies have to certain things.

I for one am very happy to have found those pills.

Remember folks, stay healthy and let your geek freak fly!

Little Joys Ch.49

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 18th, 2020

I think there is a deep biological connection between us and trees. For most of us, the sight of any sort of tree evokes feelings of calm, of appreciation, and especially of beauty.

I see a negative reaction to nature from someone to be a sign that perhaps things are not going very well for them, as a rejection of beauty is usually one of the first signs of depression or anger.

Having returned to the mainland in Bali today, I decided to walk from the pier to my hostel, about a two and a half hour walk with my 12 kg bag. Perhaps not ideal considering I had recently gotten a sunburn on my face, but damn it I wanted to walk.

It was the right decision.

Street after street, trees abounded. Everywhere I looked nature was interwoven into the fabric of the city.

The only other place I had felt this sense of nature and man together was in Kyoto, but whereas Kyoto had imposed its will upon nature, as the Japanese are masters of, here in Bali you felt more of a relaxed atmosphere. Nature had been allowed to thrive in many places, on fences and houses, around buildings, and all down the road.

It was beautiful, and human, and joyous.

Just what I needed to start my day.

Remember to stay healthy folks, and let your geek freak fly!

Little Joys Ch.48

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 17th, 2020

Many people think the idea of being selfish is a horrible thing. That focusing fully on yourself is something that makes you a bad person, that good people just give and give to others and take nothing for themselves.

This is foolishness.

If all you do is give, you will simply burn out and be miserable.

We all need to be selfish, to take joy and pleasure out of the giving we do. And we do need reciprocation to some degree. Most especially we need to take time for ourselves, to recharge our batteries, to be kind to ourselves, to remember that we are human and get sad and exhausted and just need to do things, small or large, that give us pure pleasure.

That might be traveling, that might be going to the spa, it might be heading to the gym and training till you drop.

Maybe you go hiking into the mountains for a few days, or leave the kids with a babysitter so you can have some alone time.

Or maybe its simply buying some ice cream and 8:30 in the morning because you’re feeling a bit lost.

It was really good ice cream, magnum classic, always hits the spot. I might even get a second one when I go out again.

We all need to be a little kinder to ourselves, and whatever you need to do to feel good, so long as it doesn’t harm anyone else, is nothing you need to feel ashamed for, or justify to others.

Do whatever makes your inner child feel a little joy in your day, even if only for a moment.

Then go out and be awesome again.

Remember to stay healthy, and let your geek freak fly folks!

Little Joys Ch.44

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 13th, 2020

As someone who truly believes sleep, a healthy relationship with food, and a lot of movement can be the difference between feeling like garbage and having an abundance of energy, I am also highly aware that what we do in our days and the people we surround ourselves with can also play an integral part in our mood.

I have been pretty focused on getting my podcast up, and working alongside someone who is an inspiration to me, and the combination of simply doing things I enjoy with someone I care for has filled me with much more energy and a feeling of contentment than I have ever had before.

I truly believe that if we want to have these moments of happiness, if we want to experience as many little joys as possible throughout the day, environment is key. Inspiration comes from these moments of happiness, and they do not just fall out of the sky, they must be cultivated.

Today has been a day filled with joy for me, one small moment at a time.

Remember, stay healthy and let your geek freak fly.

Little Joys Ch.41

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 10th, 2020

Sometimes we need to make the choice between something that feels safe, and something that we feel we need to do to be happy. Quitting that job that gives you financial stability, ending that relationship, turning away from a bad group of friends.

Happiness is not, and never will be, or should be, a permanent state. We are all in a constant flux, shifting from one emotion to the next. It is the reality of life, as we react and perceive the world and others around us we feel differently. It is what makes us human, and it is the choices we make in each moment that allow us to feel the full spectrum of emotions and experience life as it happens.

That being said, there are certain things we do, certain people we spend time with, who tend to put us into a more negative state, and it is up to us to make the choice to move away from those things, even if they made us feel a certain sense of stability, so that we can aim towards a path that can help us, if not be happy all the time, at least lean us more towards that state of being, so that we can hit those high notes, find those little joys more often, instead of missing out on them because that person or place is creating too much noise and drowning out the good moments.

Remember to always be honest about your situation in life, and make the choice that you genuinely feel is healthiest for you, even if its much more difficult in the moment. Safety and comfort are generally not the best path, even though our brains trick us into thinking so.

Open mind, strong heart, keep moving forward folks.


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.

Listen to your inner child

From when we are very young we find delight in the simplest of actions and joy in the discovery of new things. As we grow older, we maintain that curiosity, until it is beaten out of us by school and work and the people around us who have lost sight of what it means to be Human.

People talk about finding your passion, finding what makes you happy, and most of us have no idea what that means.

The reality is that no matter your age, each of us is a child still. We hit these culturally decided upon numbers and somehow we are supposed to be an adult, but we are all of us just children pretending to know more than we actually do.

If you want to enjoy life, then do not let school or work or your culture determine how you are supposed to think or act, even when it is some guru telling you that to be happy you just need to find something you’re passionate about.

Just listen to that inner voice in your head that has been around since you were a small child, the one that giggles and wants to just scream in public because it feels great, and whenever it is screaming the loudest, listen to it, because that may be the thing you are going to be able to take the greatest joy in.

As a side note, that voice can be hijacked by drugs and negative emotions so don’t just let it go nuts, there is a reason we developed consciousness, to put a brake on the primitive side of us that wants to just go crazy at every opportunity, so stay cautious.

But if something passes the test and is a genuine pleasure of yours, go all in.

You never know where it may lead you.