It's a word we use regularly... enjoy. What if we take a closer look, break it down into its two constituent parts: en-joy. You can see where I'm going with this! The video's worth watching, the audio might be worth a couple of listens!
Give yourself a treat today. It could be something small, something that costs you nothing. After all, so the old saying goes "The best things in life are free"!
Be kind to yourself, be nice to yourself, appreciate yourself - even if it's only for a few minutes, it will leave you with a better impression of the moment, a nicer experience of your day.
And, if there's something you've done (or didn't do) that's annoying you... get over it, forgive yourself, it'll pass - let it.
You will, no doubt, be familiar with the phrase a joy to behold. In other words, joy is like beauty: it is in the eye or mind of the beholder. In other words, we make a choice to experience joy - or not.
And, just like someone who joins the army - they enlist or someone on whom a title is bestowed - they are entitled, when we choose joy we enjoy. We are immersed in joy.
Now, it might sound obvious, but you can't experience joy looking forward to something. Nor can you experience it looking backward - the act of reminiscence in the here and now evokes the afterglow of joy.
Joy is something you experience now. And experience is the key word. You don't think yourself into enjoyment, you don't plan for it - or, if you do, you can be sure you won't enjoy yourself! It just happens.
Now, what if you could call on joy without waiting for it to happen?
You can. To be in flow is to enjoy. And, even though for the normally-minded, flow is also something that just happens, you and I know how to develop our ability to be in flow. And we also know that, the more we develop that ability, the more we can choose to enjoy ourselves.
As we lock down again, my infinitely better half is, once again, deprived of her gym. But her recent workouts have made her particularly aware of just what social beings we humans are.
The salle - the room where they run the group classes - is enormous: can hold twenty socially-distanced participants - the floor is marked with twenty "X"s. Lisa would be the first to arrive and, then, just two or three others. Where would the others stand?
The fitness room has a row of seven bikes. She'd be the only one in the room when a second member would arrive. What bike would they sit on?
Answers on a postcard, please!