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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkHealth & Beauty | January 2008 

Challenge Yourself to Step Out of the Box
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The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
- Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
 
My friend was living the American dream. He had a beautiful wife, a wonderful child, a big house, a good job that paid lots of money, all the toys and mod cons, everything that he had been taught would make him happy. But he wasn't happy, he couldn't understand it, he decided he must be crazy.

He lived his perfect picket fenced life until he couldn't stand it anymore, then he fled to Mexico, where after many years of soul searching and trying to fit in, he is finally beginning to live the life his spirit dictates.

It took him a long time to reach this place because the life that is making him happy goes against so much that he has been taught is 'right.' What is right for him doesn't fit in to a box that society can label, and so he was never able to consider it an option.

Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever wailed "I have EVERYTHING so why aren't I happy?" Is your spirit one that doesn't want to be dictated to?

If so, this week's challenge is for you.

Imagine stepping out of the box society has placed you in. Remove your judge's robes, they aren't comfortable anyway, too constricting and pompous. Put them in the box, you won't need them this week.

Stand on the lid of the box and look around at the world and all of its cultures, at all of the weird and wonderful people out there living wildly different, equally valid truths, having extreme or alternative experiences.

Now Take the labels 'good' and 'bad' and 'right' and 'wrong' and put them in the box next to the judgments, these labels have always been difficult to work with because what is 'right or good' in this moment or situation could be 'wrong or bad' in the next, it's confusing at best. Replace them with the question "Does this take me toward where I want to go, or away from it?"

Now follow your inner knowing instead of your outer learning for the next week and see what happens.

If you need help with living the life of your dreams you can contact me at 044-322-129-1128 or joy(at)experiencejoy.com. I specialize in life transformation, and guarantee immediate positive results with all of my work. See ExperienceJoy.com for details.

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JOY! Is an internationally acclaimed life transformation coach, famous for her unreasonable success in helping people move through their challenges with her unorthodox approach and emPOWERment tools. For more information, visit her website ExperienceJoy.com or call 044-322-129-1128.

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