Some of us can start with “why,” others “who,” still others “what” or “how,” but what matters is we ask these questions, cycling through them. And asking is scary because we don’t know where it may lead—we don’t know who will stare back in the mirror. It’s the posing of these questions about “who,” “what,” “how,” and “why” that makes us serious about this thing called life and sincere about making it what it needs to be. None of this is easy, or even pleasant in the conventional sense, because reorientation is disorienting, but it’s the only way we’ll be able to find out what’s in us.
You may have noticed a new voice in our latest video JOY. That voice belongs to Karin Volo, international corporate trainer, author, and Huffington Post contributor. No matter what hat she is wearing, though, she centers her work on helping people thrive through engaging joy, and she let us pick her brain about it, finding purpose, and how to avoid living our lives on autopilot. Check out the interview below.
Still, even after numerous cycles of repetition, when our resolution is a fixed part of our lives, each time we want to act on our commitment to our resolution, we must begin. This continues our forward motion, and it’s in this perpetual beginning where growth occurs. Like pedaling a bike, it’s the same stroke each time, and after a while we’ll be far from where we began, stronger and more resilient.
Love is the recognition that we can feel differently despite what we think of ourselves, despite how we feel about ourselves. Yet we often hear that we can‘t love someone else until we love ourselves. These words are meant to refocus our minds and efforts inwards, on trying to be “lovable” instead of chasing love. Self-care is at the center, and that we have to recognize our worth before we can feel love that is based in seeing the worth of someone else.