Do you have something in your life that brings you such joy, you will make sacrifices in order to experience that activity? Maybe it's roller skating. Maybe it's traveling. Maybe, like me, it's cooking. Now wait a minute, why would anyone have to make sacrifices to cook? Well, if you're like me, cooking is one of my great joys but is a sacrifice too because I have arthritis. Arthritis is not one of my great joys. Arthritis is a stink fest! What to do? What to do? Moan and groan about it? (That's fun but not very productive.) The next best thing is to do something about it. What do I do you may be wondering? I live smart.
What does "live smart" mean? It means being proactive about pain. How do I do that? I move, eat and perform tasks intelligently. I move intelligently by being purposeful and organized. I have equipment where I need it for one thing. Having equipment where I need it is proactive because it saves effort. I also move intelligently. I workout every day to stay fit and keep my body limber. I also (try) to eat intelligently. This means I do not live a life of deprivation but moderation. I indulge but try to do so sensibly. All these ways I live allow me to have more joy in my life.
Do you have some tips on living joyfully? Please share them in the comments section.
Avid home cook and passionate instructor