The Joy of Living. And How to Recapture it When You Lose It.

Cathy Presland
3 min readJul 12, 2019

Looking for Joy…

Sometimes my first client conversations go deep into the problem, the challenge or the desire my client is bringing to our work together. And sometimes they go high and wide, discussions about the meaning of life that don’t seem to connect to the immediate challenge, and yet explain everything.

My conversation yesterday was the latter. A highly successful professional, a famous name in his field, who felt like he’d lost his way, like his success had peaked and the only track was down. He wanted to recapture some meaning to his life and work, to feel fulfilled, to feel excited about what he was doing. He didn’t use the words joie de vivre, but I often think of them — the joy of living, the love for life itself with nothing needing to be done or achieved, the feeling of being alive I sometimes call it.

Even when a client comes with a very specific problem, there’s always a place we arrive at which looks like some version of,

I want to feel like I’m doing a good job, to feel inspired, with a sense of purpose, and that I’m supporting the people around me.

We All Get Lost From Time to Time…

When we lose this sense of being alive it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of…



Cathy Presland

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