Pacemakers, Fishing & The Meaning Of Life

Fish bead2I was called Joycee as a child.  This last year, I’ve really started to relate to the name, and I want to be a sea of joy, and bring that to others.  In the past I’ve been know for being negative and sarcastic. I’ve found something that has made me happier.  If you’re not looking to be happier, well I hope you’ll watch me be happy.

I’ve learned that I can’t change other people, all I can do is change myself, and I have changed.  Once you change your mind and how you think about things everything else becomes easier.

Our thoughts create reality.  It’s a principal that most people would label as faith that gives people the courage to keep trying when others would quit.  Religious people love it, atheists hate it, but quantum physics shows that our thoughts do affect reality.  Accept that your thoughts create reality and you’ll have a lot of motivation to control your thoughts and have positive thoughts.  (I’m posting my favorite five minute easy to understand cartoon video at the end that explains how we affect reality.)

Control your thoughts.  I had the renters from hell and I would think about them and it would make me angry and upset.  I finally asked myself “why am I giving these people free rent in my head?”  I  decided that I wouldn’t think about them anymore.  It takes a lot of practice to stop dwelling on someone or something that brings you down, but learning to control your thoughts is well worth it.

Here we are at the beginning of another new year and two weeks in a lot of people have already given up on their New Year’s resolutions.  It’s a good time to think about what you really want and what you really value.  I see people going to work to pay for cars and clothes so that they can go to work.  I see people going to work to afford health insurance and then they’re so stressed out by their job that they don’t sleep or exercise enough, they grab fast food.  They don’t spend enough time with people that they really love.  Yes, I have a pacemaker, and I attribute it to stress.  So stop with the negative thoughts and focus on what you do want.

Because our thoughts create reality, we have to focus on what it is we want, but find balance.  Remember the adage: be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.  So here’s a cute joke – – author unknown.

How Much is Enough:

The American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “only a little while.”

The American then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish?

The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.

The American then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life.”

The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually, you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this take?”

To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”

“But what then?”

The American laughed and said that’s the best part. “When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions?” asked the fisherman, “Then what?”

The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evening, sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos!”

I love the life that Gary and I are living, but in the past I’ve worried that it was a lifestyle that we wouldn’t be able to make last.  I’ve been living in paradise, but not fully enjoying it.   Worrying about things that might not even happen.  How stupid is that?  I’ve been listening to Abraham Hicks on youtube and she talks about planning a vacation and all of the wonderful places that you plan on going to, but in the end you end up back at home.  So why go at all, because your already at the place you’ll end up.  The answer is that it’s all about the journey.  Life is a journey and we have a better chance of ending up where we want if we plan it and if we focus on what we want.

So what do I want?  I want a million readers and a million people to like my page.  I want everyone to be happy, and if they can’t be happy, I want them to watch me be happy.

Focus on what you really want.  Poor people don’t plan.

Relax, sometimes more is just more responsibility.

Take more time to cook and enjoy real food with the people in your life that really matter.  Subscribe and share joysealife, because this really is going to be the best year ever.  Pollyanna attack!!!!