Do you ever have days when you find yourself railing against things that Just Don’t Feel Fair? —where it feels like the universe is conspiring in a Job-like way to keep you from doing what you want to do? How can you follow your passion when you hit the roadblocks, the nay-sayers or the voices of self-doubt that appear to drag you down? But is all that appears to be bad really bad?
When have you seen an undesired situation transform from a challenge into something that ended up being a gift?
Author and Founder of The Way of Joy: A Spiritual Fitness Program, Vicki Dello Joio is a transformational speaker, life-changing workshop leader and show-stopping theater performer whose brand of brilliance is motivating people to claim their birthright of Joy. Book: The Way of Joy, CD: Short Meditations for a Busy Life.
So many people have been curious about the title of my one act, What’s Wrong with a Mouse? I thought this week I’d offer a show-and-tell.
To set the scene: My father disowned me for more than 20 years, first because I was living with a boyfriend, and then later when he figured out that I’m gay (talk about a no-win choice!) However, during the last several years of his life, we began to reconcile. I think we were able to come to a genuine peace between us by the end of his life because I worked hard both with Way of Joy Qigong ™ to pivot my internal energy and with Powerful Non-Defensive Communication™ to change how I responded to him. One year before he died, we had several transformative conversations: Here is one of them:
Vicki Dello Joio, founder of The Way of Joy: A Spiritual Fitness Program, is a teacher, speaker and performing artist. Integrating over 40 years of Chi Kung practice with other martial arts as well as her work in Yoga, Feldenkreis, physical fitness and theater, Vicki has developed a dynamic set of tools to increase awareness, transform obstacles into opportunities and enhance creative potential. Book: The Way of Joy, CD: Short Meditations for a Busy Life.