On the eleventh day of grateful

Is there a better way to start a New Year than to recognize and honour joy? Conveniently, there is an easy way to do that, with the new Disney Pixar movie called, “Inside Out”. I’ve been wanting to watch it since I first saw the trailers and I was not disappointed. I just loved it.

In fact, I was in tears the whole time, but hiding behind my glasses as I watched this movie with 7 other people, many of whom had seen it already. Needless to say, I will be watching this movie again, alone, when I can really dig in and watch with no distractions.

I think my sense of joy was lost somewhere inside me for big chunks of my life. She has not been as present as I would have liked, now as I look back. As I was watching the movie, I started to feel sad that maybe I had not experienced as much “joy” as other people had. (I know, that kind of thinking is part of my problem). But Pixar wrapped up the story with a great description of the importance of  “sadness”. (Maybe I am in the target audience age range for emotional intelligence?)

As I think about joy, for me, it is not easy to conjure up that unbridled happiness which I imagine joy to be. (Sure enough, that is a correct definition). Somehow, I’ve kind of shaved off the peaks in my emotions so that I can manage sadness and disappointment better. That is the literal trade off. A pretty harsh bargain, when you think about it.

But after last night, I feel like inviting joy back into my life with more regularity. At my command centre there has been too much democracy, too many equal positions amongst all my emotions. Time to let joy run the ship for awhile and then just go with it.

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