“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”. This morning I stand for the simple gratitude for being alive in this breath. Joie de vivre. (the joy of living in French)
I wonder if ‘joie-de-vivre’ is a hormone the brain secretes. If there is I’d like to call it MOJOE & BREAZE. And if there isn’t such a hormone, I still want to stand for joie-de-vivre, and be grateful for every breath I take. In todays world, the lack of joie-de-vivre, is an ecological hazard. Struggling to find justice before finding our joy.
I received a phone call from the management company of my building. “We have a big problem” said the voice on the other side”. Figures that I was paying the wrong amount of my rent for the last two years, and that a correction needed to be made, which I had no problem with. What I couldn’t stand was the underlying tone of wrong-making in the communication. “It’s our mistake, but you just never paid the increase from the first new lease.” Something about that tone threw me and confused me. When I focused my attention on my breathing and opened my heart with compassion for myself for being ‘unjust fully blamed’, my anger dissipated, and I soon started to feel grateful again, my joie de vivre was back.
How many such conflicts do we have with others and with ourselves, where we doubt our feelings, get upset, and can’t figure out what’s going on? Taking care of yourself, is breathing~love into your upset feelings, before engaging with finding justice. You stand a better chance to find justice, by finding your joie-de-vivre – first.
Samuel Jakob Kirschner Voice of The BREAZE