This Article is About
golden nugget
internal landscape
joy and happiness
lucky individuals
negative situations
negative thinking
positive outlook
birthright
solving problems
Blocks To Happiness - Find The Golden Nugget Of Joy
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

If we are all gifted with inner joy, logic dictates it must be waiting, buried, behind the shadow. The deep emotional shadow which reflects a lifetime of negative thinking - and we're all prone to that! - actually deprives us of our birthright.

We have a right to joy and happiness. By actively lightening the shadow of our internal landscape (through a positive outlook), joy and happiness are liberated. Imagine then, that thought is magnetic and attracts according to the expectation of the thinker. The kind of circumstance we create can be improved by this change, we become happier, inner joy ever more accessible - and so starts a virtuous cycle. Often called luck, it is a turnaround - a change of emphasis - within our core - and, with any so-called 'lucky' individuals you can think of, I'll bet joy and laughter are in the frame.

The difficulty, when enmeshed in negativity is to identify it. If it is true that thoughts are magnetic, then negative thinking drives the negative situations of life.

Expect the best! Let the upward spiral begin!

To illustrate, let me recall a course I ran several years ago - four days of 'Problem Solving and Decision Making'. One delegate stays in my mind. In his late twenties, he arrived, smart in collar and tie. Now most delegates welcomed their training days away from the 'coal face' for the chance to dress casually, in 'civvies'. A diffident young man, he caused me some concern when we did the 'Golden Moments' session. For this, armed with paper and crayons, a group individually depicts in a drawing, a golden moment in their life. Engaged in a childhood activity, they revelled in that remembered moment when they were unencumbered by woes and worries, to experience again the frame of mind ideally applied to solving problems - clear, happy and positive. I like to think of this as the wisdom of innocence, an approach to life in general, unburdened by preconception. As an activity this is always a hit and the follow-up discussion light-hearted and noisy. The young man mentioned drew a view of the sea from a window. However, in drawing the cross members of the window in black, the effect suggested a prison and, I felt, presented a can of worms (perhaps depression) beyond my brief to open. But he also saw the image - and it may have been instrumental in what transpired.

He arrived, each day buttoned down and sombre.

The group as a whole had gelled well and become mutually supportive, while I directed some subtle guidance his way. Then, on day four after morning coffee, he trailed late into the room with a beaming smile on his face - he had removed his tie!! After a startled gasp came spontaneous applause from his course colleagues. He admitted that this was the first time since childhood he had taken it off in the day - even at home. A triumph! For him, the sign of a huge inner shift, enabling him to feel freer. Something very significant had changed for him. Hopefully it was the start of a positive journey of self 'dis-covering'.

Drawing and writing - both - are effective tools for revealing the 'phantoms of the shadow', so elusive from the inside. Counselling would be the lesser without them. Everyone can draw - what counts at the end is not how accomplished, but how open (or not) and how colourful (or not). A drawn picture is like a dream, it doesn't lie, reflecting, as it does, the inner life and unnoticed stumbling blocks which may impede a life journey. Trusted friends can work together, enabling self-interpretation of drawings and writings - but trust is of the essence! Deep and personal development must be honoured. Where this is understood a good 'sounding board' can help in identifying subconscious hindrance.

Conditioned by the world around us - upbringing, social circle, nationhood - and marked for good and ill, we are the inheritors of prejudices, strengths, weaknesses and restrictions. The negative ones make a heavy load which crowds out individuality, contentment and joy. It is ours to unravel them, liberate ourselves and find our inner nugget of joyous gold. Fairytales, full of this, are enlightened, psychological treatises.

I'd like to end this with an extreme example of how joy can emanate irrespective of life's circumstances.

It always springs to mind when I recall an African beach I visited when I was very young. It was a place of relaxation for wealthy merchants and their families - a place where rich amass and beggars follow in droves. Sad plights to behold, destitutes mauled, clung and pleaded, beyond dignity or self respect. One, however, with mutilated, ill-formed legs bent at inconceivable angles, pulled himself, crawling each day through the sand to sit at a distance from everybody, serene. Impingeing on no-one, his kind, calm, innocence, entranced everyone. The very sunshine had made a home in his ebony skin - for him donations poured in, every benefactor taking away his thanks, the memory of a dazzling smile and a piece of his mantle of contentment. So many years on, he still looms large in my mind and his memory inspires gratitude - for having met him.

It seemed as though for him the Joy of Life Itself was enough - not even his straitened circumstances could pull him down or crack his peace of mind. It is this which has made him a giant in my memory, a reminder that the same Joy of Life courses through everybody's veins.

Is it reason enough then, to rejoice in being human and celebrate that we are who we are?

Maybe to accept that, is to inherit the fabled nugget of gold


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
How To Win Back Your Girlfriend When You Are A Lesbian
There has to be a time in between all that we are going through in which we stop and think if there might be a different way to win back our girlfriends just because we are lesbians. We think of ourselves differently as any heterosexual couple, sometimes I wonder why,…
By: Veronica Martinez de Escobar in  Relationships  >  Gay Lesbian   Mar 31, 2013  
0
  Likes: 1

Online Business Success is All About Mastering One Strategy One Strategy
Jack of All Trades Master of None Jack of all trades, master of none. This best sums up the human race as the most intelligent and diverse species on the planet, however when it comes to Online Business Success it's All About Mastering One.  There are over a dozen marketing strategies…
0
  Likes: 0

Real Estate The Ideal Investment
There are many investment paths that can potentially help you achieve your financial goals. The stock market, home based business, entrepreneurship, and Internet businesses are excellent wealth conduits, but real estate tops them all. The above mentioned investment strategies usually only provide one direct path to wealth, while real estate…
By: Kenneth Webb in  Real Estate  >  Buying   Nov 11, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Free Website Traffic Generator - Feed the Starving Crowd
Internet marketers are always on the look out for a free website traffic generator because we all need more traffic. The problem may lie in the crowd that you are targeting. Feed the starving crowd that you can help the most. Who is this starving crowd? Where do I find…
  Likes: 0

How To Locate Good Investment Property
Locating a good real estate investment property sounds much easier than it really is. Competition among other investors looking for that same golden nugget is far from sparse. Everybody, I mean everybody wants a great deal. Most often it is the investor that has access to the most up-to date…
By: Kenneth Webb in  Real Estate   Nov 12, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

A Very Dangerous Boiler; The Human Mind And the Need for the Private Diary
I heard a discussion today about the practice of reading another person's personal diary. It ranged from the reading of children's diaries by their parents to the publication (withou permission) of diaries written during the tragedy of a child going missing with no resolution as of yet to the mystery.…
By: David Fairley in  News and Society  >  Anthropology Sociology   Dec 16, 2011  
0
  Likes: 1

Enjoying Life Today
Experiencing joy and happiness is very possible and achievable. It isn't just possible in fairy tales! Sometimes we get so caught up in life that we do forget to stop and enjoy the sights along the way. We live either in the past or future, but many struggle to truly…
By: Pam Gunter in  Self Improvement  >  Personal Growth   Aug 23, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

Being Spontaneity
If you’ve ever read a book The Yes Man (seen the film which isn’t nearly as good) you’ll know a thing or two about being spontaneous. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, it is the story of a man who decides to say “yes” more often and…
By: Gemma Bailey in  Self Improvement  >  Happiness   Mar 24, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Happiness Means Live In The Now. Do Not Be Limited By Your Past!
What is happiness? We all think we know but when you try and define happiness it is very difficult as it means something different to each person. As a life coach I find consistently though that to be happy you have to accept the past, learn what you can from…
By: Tonette Kelly in  Self Improvement  >  Happiness   May 04, 2011  
0
  Likes: 2

Making Your Kids’ Party A Blast With Party Inflatables
Entertainment is the more difficult thing to think through for a party when you are hosting a bunch of kids When planning for your dearest kid’s party, entertainment is the more difficult thing to think through. Since bunch kids are the main guests for any children’s party, keeping them entertained…
By: Zoe Myers in  Self Improvement  >  Happiness   Mar 13, 2015  
0
  Likes: 0

Some Common Pranks
Pranks are supposed to be harmless fun. One party gets surprised, while the other party has a good laugh. Normally, no one is hurt by pranks, and both parties remain friends and go on with their lives. One common prank is the senior prank that high school seniors pull shortly…
By: Hollie E. Townsend in  Self Improvement  >  Happiness   Jul 23, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

What I Do
With many people, it is easy to tell what they do for a living. They wear a uniform that shows what line of work they are in, such as security, construction, or a business field of some sort. Unlike these people, I do not wear a uniform. Instead, I often…
By: Hollie E. Townsend in  Self Improvement  >  Happiness   May 24, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

Enjoy Monsoons, The Healthy And Happy Way!
Now that the monsoons are here, aren’t we all just waiting to run out the door and dance in the rain? It’s such a relief to be rid of that sweltering summer heat and just enjoy the pleasant coolness that the rains bring along with them. But hold on, before…
By: niks1 in  Self Improvement  >  Happiness   Jun 12, 2015  
0
  Likes: 0

How to Handle the Letdown After A Big Event
You have probably felt the letdown that is common after a highly-anticipated event. You spend days, weeks, and months preparing for the event, the big day finally arrives, you celebrate the experience, and then--suddenly--it is over. When the experience has passed, you might not know what to do. How will…
By: Hollie E. Townsend in  Self Improvement  >  Happiness   Jun 03, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

Befriending Your Inner Critic
How we would all love to banish our Inner Critic. You know that terrible voice....the one that follows you everywhere. She has a snarky whisper that interrupts your happiest moments telling you it isn't real. The Inner Critic rains on your parade, tells you look fat in the slinkiest dress…
By: Jane Eyre in  Self Improvement  >  Happiness   Dec 12, 2011  
1
  Likes: 1

Article Views: 1545    Report this Article