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Strategies to Find Joy in Everyday Life

Chip Franks
Sep 3, 2018 · 5 min read

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. -attributed to Albert Einstein

I want to let you all in on a secret: it’s ALL a miracle.

The sun rose, providing the relatively narrow band of temperature that most life needs to survive. By grace, we are in the precisely, perfect orbit to neither freeze nor burn.

We all woke up (well, eventually) from a condition where our nervous system laid mostly inactive, our eyes were closed, and our consciousness was practically suspended — all naturally.

We will probably breathe over 20,000 times today, and our hearts will most likely beat over 100,000 times.

And we don’t even have to think about it.

We have the ability to see, to touch and feel what is essentially space — just electrons circling nuclei (also probably in a precise, perfect orbit).

We see and hear our loved ones. The sounds of their voice vibrations are collected by our ears and their thoughts are translated into meaningful images and concepts in our own brains.

Chemicals combine in our bodies to give us the absolute, quantifiable feeling of love.

We will most likely get into a car today. A several thousand pound piece of steel, that was made of ore dug from the ground and refined to a sophisticated machine that can routinely move at 75 miles per hour, weaving agilely through hundreds of other cars guided only by painted lines. And we probably won’t die from this.

There’s a good chance that we will arrive at our home today. Where we can gather and eat food that was once living, and now sustains us, while sitting in air that’s been, “conditioned,” for our comfort. We will talk, and some thought impulses will cause us to laugh involuntarily. We’ll move all of the atoms of our body to hug someone else’s bodily collection of atoms.

We will absolutely look at a glowing screen, where thoughts and ideas are coded into 1s and 0s, transmitted as if by magic from the device I’m writing on to yours, and decoded into an intricate language that you understand. So that you can understand, at some later point in time what was going on in my mind as I type these thoughts.

Maybe the most impressive thing is that we have the God-like ability of our own sentient thought, and of free will — and imagination!

It’s ALL a miracle.

Wrap your miraculous mind around that fact, and make a decision to grateful for it all.

Now — here is the magic part of this…the part where this goes from being a nice article to something…a shift in thought that will turn into a course of action that can actually have an impact on your life…

My son the Amazing Alec…He’s a Joy Bomb.

What I mean about that is that none of us are guaranteed even another breath in this world.

You’ve already had a pretty long and substantial life if you’re able to hear this and understand the words I’m writing now.

We’re not guaranteed anything.

If you trade the thought of being appreciative for that with being grateful for what you do have, each breath that you’re taking, for the entire MIRACLE of what this world is…

Over an entitlement of thinking you deserve something,

Of thinking that the world should play out exactly as you planned.

I think that trading that appreciation over that entitlement is a key to living a happy, fulfilling, and satisfying life.

My mantra lately has been:

The key word is “all.” Whether it’s bad, or whether it’s good, it’s something you should appreciate and realize that we are not entitled to it.

We have so much abundance in this world, and it’s something we need to think about often.

Here are some actual, tangible ways to do this (I go in much greater detail in the Strategy Guide “5 SIMPLE Strategies to Get More From Life (Before Tomorrow Morning”)):

  1. Set a specific TIME to experience appreciation each and every day. I set my iPhone alarm to go off at 7pm each night to the tune of, “What a Wonderful World,” by Louis Armstrong. Go ahead and set your alarm now.
  2. I use a Five-Minute Journal from IntelligentChange.com, and one of the very first things I do in the morning is list three things for which I’m grateful. It starts the day off right, and gets your ‘appreciation antennae’ up to notice the miracle that world is.
  3. I also put a penny in my shoe throughout the day. I’ve been doing it for 3 years now. When it moves (you never get used to it), I have a moment of mindfulness that can be used to appreciate this grand miracle of life we all share.

These are the tip of the iceberg…but if you actually DO them, then what I promise is a better state of mind, a feeling of abundance, and more joy in your life…so TRY THEM!

This world is such a gift, and when we can remember that regularly, we are are acting like the people we should be.

And with that wonderful thought, I will leave you. Thank you so much for your time in reading this. It means a lot.

If you’re hearing these words, know that you are loved and deserving of the best in the world. Thank you.

Chip Franks

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