This lovely quote comes from a recent interview Howard Jacobson with Clive James.
Inside us all is the fire of life. It is our uniqueness, our own gift to the world. It is the person inside us who wants to break free, to rise to life’s challenge, live life fully on our own terms and live our life’s purpose.
I’m here to cheer people up, to spread good cheer, to help us all access that place in ourselves where we say ‘I feel better’.
‘I feel better’ is the most common response when I ask people how they feel when they laugh, so I encourage everyone to laugh, live and find their inner ‘taa-daaah!’
Just imagine the whole world, all 7 billion of us, experiencing ‘I feel better’?
I’ve made so many mistakes and my teachers include surviving suicide, 18 months of insomnia hell, financial catastrophe, and dealing with Fear, stress, anxiety, depressed spirit and more.
The result is I know about pain and suffering and how to come through it. I’ve written about it (‘Awakening the Laughing Buddha within’) to give people hope, courage, and practical tips.
I know that the safest course is to take the risk and live because as we’re all going to experience pain and suffering anyway, let’s make them worthwhile? Let’s punctuate the in-between spaces with celebration so we enjoy them as fully as possible?
Let’s fill them with warmth and kindness?
Let’s reach out and help others when they’re down?
Let’s emit our own ‘taa-daaah!’ as much and as often as possible and make the ride worthwhile?
‘The challenge is to live.’
There are many ways to find your own fire, your life purpose. These include practicing getting out of your own way.
- Develop the practice of just being – ‘sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I just sit’ (attr. Mark Twain).
- Practice mindfulness to develop your awareness and inner peacefulness.
- Develop your inner smile. Learn to access your inner joyfulness with nls: natural laughter skills & laughter yoga practices. Use their smiling and laughing techniques to access your zest for life.
- Remember to use your body, and not just your head, to experience life.
- Take the risk to feel.
- Take the risk to be open and non-judgemental, and to reach out to share heart-felt experiences with fellow human beings.
Your benefits will include greater wellbeing, and a healthier, happier, more productive, more love-filled life.
May my own experiences help you.