Reminiscing Joy


Fun is something that you allow yourself to experience.

As adults, we often get so caught up in the “grown-up” profession that we can forget how to have pure fun. This isn’t the kind of fun that comes from doing a specific activity or being in a specific mood. Rather, this is the fun born from the state of pure being. You see this kind of fun in small children who are so busy being fully present in their lives and their own bodies glows of fun radiates from them the joy of being alive: the delight that flashes across the eyes of a child who discovers that water flows with the turn of the tap knob or the squeal of pleasure from a young baby whose tongue is being tickled by ice cream; then there’s the full, infectious laughter of a child watching the same hat trick for the fiftieth time.

Back when we were children, this experience of pure delight didn’t have to come from an exciting event for us to feel joy; if we are willing to remember and reconnect with that part of ourselves that knows how to be in the flow of fun, we can experience the pleasure.  You can begin this process by reminiscing on what was fun for you as a child. Think about what caused you to giggle in delight or wriggle in pleasure or burst into endless laughter that you couldn’t sit up straight no matter how much you wanted to. Try to spend a few moments with each memory and really feel what it was like to be in those experiences — allowing that feeling of pure fun to wash over you. It lives in you — that feeling. It can’t be bottled, manufactured, or sold. You have to call it back up to experience it again.

The real fun happens when we are fully engaged with ourselves and our world in each moment. It is the spontaneous delight that bubbles out of us when we let go long enough to bring it through; it is the experience of natural, organic pleasure that springs up from our bellies, through our souls, up through our faces, and down to our toes.

We’ve naturally known how to have pure fun since we were babies, and the flicker of lights caused us to jump to attention from the sheer enjoyment of being able to see. Approach your life today with the knowledge that pure fun isn’t something that is given or done to you; rather, it is something that you allow yourself to experience.

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