A Radical Way to Bring More Joy into Your Life
It wasn’t so long ago that Abraham Joshua Heschel said, “Life is routine and routine is resistance to wonder.” The moment in that morning that consciousness starts to peer through our opening eyelids is the moment that routine begins. How our day begins has a significant impact on the rest of the hours that follow. So, it’s good to pop out of that routine from time to time and question, how do I start my day? I’m going to suggest something radical for you to consider trying for one week and seeing how this turns your days around.
There’s no need to go over how most of us usually start our days because you live it. So here’s the suggestion:
Think of your favorite cartoon or comic strip that you read or watched when you were a kid? Was it Mickey Mouse, the Smurfs, Thunder Cats, or perhaps Jem and the Holograms? Or maybe you woke up early to catch the Flintstones, Transformers, or He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Whatever it was choose a couple of them.
Now, every morning, for the next week, watch anywhere from 5 minutes to an entire show of one of these cartoons. I suggest watching the entire 20 minutes (no need for commercials). If you'd rather read the comics, you're welcome to do that.
Yes, I am completely serious.
As best you can, put your judgments aside of whether this is completely ridiculous or absolutely genius and just give it a shot. If you have someone you live with, get them in on it, and pick a cartoon you agree on, lay back and watch it first thing in the morning.
Let your experience be your best teacher. As the old proverb says, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating.”
What could happen is you light up the playful, silly and more comfortable areas of your brain. Allow these to be primed to guide you through your day.
As always, please share your thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interaction creates a living wisdom for us all to benefit from.
I'll give it a try - Janet Singer - Nov 15th 2011
Hmmm, not sure what this says about me. I never liked cartoons, but will just try substituting some snippets of my favorite animated movies...thanks for the idea!
Great idea - Mike - Nov 8th 2011
I think I may give this a shot. Thanks for the idea - please keep them coming!
I never stopped watching cartoons! - Crystal - Nov 8th 2011
I am 42 years old and will watch cartoons until the day I die. Unfortunately the ones I grew up with are no longer on (no cable) so I have to watch them online. Thanks for reminding me that its okay to be silly. When I tell people that I watch Sponge Bob, they look at me strangely. My uptight coworkers need to read this.