Day 25: Hoʻoleʻaleʻa – Donʻt Have to be So Serious

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Sometimes we take things too serious.  Over this 30 Day Ku Voyage, I touched upon some pretty serious things and challenged you to reflect on your life.  Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote:

Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.

Hoʻoleʻaleʻa is about having fun.

We tend to take things so serious especially when we are striving towards achieving a particular goal. Find joy in the process. We get so caught up in our ‘To-Do List’, following a routine, and being stuck in a tunnel vision.  You need to be able to pump the brakes, slow down, breathe, and cut loose a little.

Our spirits needs Hoʻoleʻaleʻa in order for balance and to be able to truly celebrate life.  I get into these modes where I’m all about business and don’t take a moment to relax and enjoy myself.  I had to learn that it’s okay to take my work seriously, but not to take myself too seriously.

I feel bad for my wife, because she’s the one who gets to see me in my ‘DO WORK!’ mode and then also in my other mode where all she can do is raise her eyebrows and tell me, “You are weird.”

It usually comes when I start singing randomly in our room or at a grocery store, or start roaring  like a lion and yelling like tarzan, or when I put on my dancing shoes and dance around the room saying, “Take that, take that, take that.”  Yes, I do tell her that she is lucky.

When it comes to work, many of us wait too long before we feel like we can have fun.  We go through our day to day ‘grind’ and wait for an opening where we can finally enjoy life.  That’s no way to live life, but yet that’s what many people go through.  When Monday comes they can’t wait till the week is over.

If you are not enjoying what you are doing between Monday and Friday, then something is wrong and you need to fix it.  Schedule in time to hang out with friends, enjoy a workout, go to the beach, play at the park, or talk stories on the patio.

We all need laughter in our life.  There is a saying:

If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.