It’s funny but when we get asked that question, it’s usually laced with sarcasm and posed in the middle of an experience which is obviously miles away from being “fun”. But are you having fun?
I recently when on a personal retreat where I took time not only to relax and renew my soul, but also to reflect upon my life, my vision, my direction in my actions and what I needed to do next. At one point in this process, I drew a big circle on a piece of paper and divided my life into several areas – my personal life, my public life and my life in partnership with others. I then categorized all of my actions into one of those three broad areas.
However, as I sat back and looked at the circle, I asked myself “where is the fun in my actions?” After all, aren’t we supposed to be having fun as we move through this human experience? The answer came to me almost immediately – fun ran through all areas of my life. Or, at least it should! I drew an inner circle that overlapped the other three areas and wrote the word “fun” in it.
Yes, I have a big vision and lots of desired actions to move towards that vision. (I will share more on that in a later article.) Yet just because we want to make a positive impact upon the planet or our personal lives doesn’t mean we can’t have fun along the way.
The fact of the matter is this – your experience and my experience of our lives right here, right now, no matter what they look like outwardly are a real gift. This entire human experience we are going through is very special. Personally, I believe that our lives are eternal – that we existed before we arrived here and we will exist long after we leave. The time we are here has been presented to us so that we can enjoy it and make the best of it, to learn and to grow. How that looks specifically for each of us can differ, but there is one thing we all share about this time on earth – it should be filled to the brim with joy and fun!
So are you enjoying your life? Most folks say they enjoy certain parts and don’t enjoy others. Certainly it’s easier to find pleasure eating a gourmet meal or going on vacation than it is when you are doing the dishes or cleaning the toilet. But the funny thing is this – no matter what our outward activity may be, we have a choice in how we experience it. Any task can bring us joy if we so choose. As Wayne Dyer often says, “when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
So here’s my charge to you – can you start each day with an affirmation that everything you do is going to be fun, no matter what you do? Can you choose to see fun in all areas of your life? Remind yourself every day to have fun. Keep practicing no matter what your outward experience. Have fun with it.
Are we having fun yet? I know I am – and it’s a great way to live!
Check out all of Mark Gilbert’s books—available at Amazon. Click here to visit his Author Page. This includes his recent one Our Spiritual Rights and Responsibilities. In this book, he offers what he suggests are the 5 basic rights we all possess by virtue of our being these spiritual beings on planet Earth — and our 2 responsibilities we all hold in relation to one another! Check it out!