Why is it so hard to enjoy life sometimes? Enjoy Life. Only two words, but with an abundance of meaning. It’s similar to the saying, “Don’t worry. Be Happy.” But just like “Enjoy Life”, this saying also is difficult to do. Why?
Enjoy Life. It’s hard for some to enjoy life when they are filled with uncertainty. For example, the world is currently gripped with economic and health uncertainty due to the Covid-19 pandemic. So far in the US, 26 million people have lost their jobs. Luckily, I still have mine and I don’t want to imagine what it’s like to not have one, especially when the economy is on lock down due to fears and government mishandling of the pandemic. With most people quarantined at home due to stay-at-home orders, undoubtedly depression has gone up because one thing that happens when people are alone for extended periods of time is they start to think. It’s good to think, but sometimes too much thinking is detrimental and causes more worry and anxiety instead of bringing clarity to our problems. I can’t imagine what it’s like for those who were already feeling lonely to now be isolated from everyone. How do you enjoy life in such a situation?
Life is so full of worries. We worry about our health, our jobs, the well-being of those we love, and of meeting our expectations, dreams, and goals. We watch time tick away as we grow older and we lose faith in so many things: In God, in others, and in ourselves. Life is hard and it sometimes difficult to find the joy in it.
Ultimately, we should find joy in the Lord in knowing that if no one else loves us or we feel alone, we know for certain He is there to hold us. But sometimes we also need something physical to find joy in. This can be a hobby like gardening or knitting, a pet to care for, traveling, or simply a good book to get lost in . . . basically anything to take your mind off your anxiety and worries for at least a moment in time. It really helps to relax the spirit and enjoy life, even when it seems to offer little. One thing that can help a lot is to stop trying to keep up with the Joneses. You’d be amazed how much more enjoyable life is when you’re not trying to keep up with anyone else.
So how do you enjoy life in the difficult times?