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Finding JOMO

Hi there everyone! Do you ever feel FOMO -the Fear Of Missing Out? Well, maybe it is time to consider JOMO – the Joy OF Missing Out. Yup, missing out can be a good thing for us.

Missing out on certain events, opportunities, or even just taking a break from the constant noise of life can actually lead to greater joy and contentment. When we allow ourselves to disconnect and be present, we open ourselves up to new experiences, restful moments, and creativity. We allow ourselves to find joy in the simple things and truly appreciate the present moment. It makes us present to others AND especially to ourselves along with time to hear what we truly need for our mind, body, and spirit health. Here are some things for you to consider to find JOMO.

  1. Be intentional with your time: Set boundaries for yourself and prioritize activities that bring you joy and align with your goals. Don't feel obligated to say yes to everything. Say no – without explaining why. Just say no but thank you.

  2. Disconnect regularly: Take breaks from social media and other forms of constant stimulation. Use this time to be present, practice mindfulness, or engage in a relaxing activity. Play with a pet, take a walk, create some art, lay in a hammock, snooze, read a book, listen to a book, try a new recipe, lay on the ground and look at clouds, play with your children, sit by the water, watch the birds…you know….all the stuff we do when the Wi-Fi is out for a significant amount of time.

  3. Find fulfillment within yourself: Instead of seeking validation and happiness from others or external achievements, focus on finding joy and contentment from within.

  4. Embrace JOMO: Remind yourself that missing out on certain events or opportunities is not a failure, but rather an opportunity to recharge and find joy in your own life.

  5. Practice gratitude: Take the time to appreciate what you have and be thankful for the present moment. This can help shift your mindset from constantly striving for more to being content with what you have.

In the end, our lives are more balanced when we take time out away from stimulation. Think of riding a bike. When you first learned how to find balance you wobbled from left to right …all the time, trying to stay up and it was work. But gradually, you got balance and riding because restful, and easy (unless you were going up a big hill…that’s work!) Finding JOMO is like coasting on a bike…a time to relax, laugh, see the sites, and enjoy. That is the way I want to live life. What do you think? Have you ever thought of JOMO? Please, share your thoughts.

This article came from my experience of being hacked online now for over a month. It has turned my world upside down. I was feeling and behaving like a victim. Everything was right up in my face and I could only see what “they” were doing to me. I was in the thick of FOMO in a different way, fear of missing out because all my finances and identity might be stolen. I could not see the present. I could not see who I was anymore and I was giving up my power. And then I returned to the present and I took a step back. I asked myself "What can I learn from this, what is the lesson I can take forward in my life?" I remembered that being attacked does not mean I must react and be a victim. I can choose to stay in the present, step outside and see the bigger picture, focus on my truth and standards, focus on being grateful, visualize my goals for my life, and act from that place.

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