Last week I read The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It was a fascinating read and it reminded me of some of the religious principles that I espoused when I was younger and Mormon. It also triggered in me a desire to find the joy that seemed so omnipresent in the two religious icons.
To that end, and perhaps towards an enlightening, I am going to use this blog from now on, in addition to whatever writerly updates I feel necessary, as a place to track my search for joy. I will discuss meditation, mindfulness, failures and successes. I will discuss the things that move me and concern me and the things I learn. I will discuss all of this, and more as it becomes apparent.
I won’t bog you down with a daily account, but a weekly update will more likely be the thing. I will also return to my writing and my publishing, now that I’m almost done moving and about to embark on new paths and new endeavours.
I say this as I anticipate moving to Asia for a year of language learning in the coming months. I will continue my writing, and my search for joy, but my primary focus will be on relearning Vietnamese. It will be a challenge and a joy, I hope, and will allow me to return to a skill that I have lost through non-use over so many years.
But that is neither here nor there, it is in the future, and for the moment, I am simply seeking joy.