Appreciating the simple things in nature can bring joy if you open your heart and mind. It can help heal your soul so you can share your joy with others too. Lookup on a cloudy day and you just might see a rainbow. Take a deep breath after the rain clears the air. Enjoy the silence after the snow falls. Listen to the birds chirping early in the morning. I know if you try you can find something that will bring you joy.
Like many others I loved Pollyanna when I was younger. I especially loved how she focused on the “glad texts” of the Bible: “Shout for joy” or “Be glad in the Lord.”
Pollyanna told the Reverend, “And do you know, my father said that if God took the trouble to tell us eight hundred times to be glad and rejoice, He must have wanted us to do it.”
Yet, as an adult, I too have been guilty of forgetting the “glad texts.” Maybe, it is time to look them up again.
That is why my focus for this month’s peace challenge is joy.
I know you can find someone in your life or a character to model as you begin your own search for joy. Maybe you prefer Maria from The Sound of Music:
There is a popular song, “Wake Me Up.”
A New Day Begins.
This is your new day, the beginning. Don’t wait until it’s all over to wake up whether you are beginning a new chapter in your life, in the life of your child, in the life of your pet, or in your career. While there are a few things I would correct if I could go back in time, the reality is every single mistake I made taught me something. I would never be as wise without those lessons. So, don’t wait until you are wiser and older to wake up.
Parents of crying babies might wish for this phase to end. Stop and breathe instead and be grateful for those sleepless nights. Every moment you spend with your child is precious. The day will come quickly when your child is too old to carry and comfort when they cry, but I promise every sleepless night will help them learn to trust you and continue to come to you for advice.
At the beginning of life.
Puppies may chew your favorite shoes or wet your favorite rug, but they are still so cute and so much fun to play with. The day will come when your dog no longer has the energy to play and yes, they might once again wet you favorite rug, but if you took the time for them when they were puppies, they will trust you with their lives and they will remain fateful to you until the end.
You might be nervous about that first day on the job, but I urge you to hang on to the joy. The joy will help you to adjust to changes that are sure to come in any career you choose.
Beginnings don’t end when we are older and wiser either. Life is all about change and every stage of life teaches us something new. Embrace the lessons and you will find joy.
Beautiful Blog Quotation—BBQ was started by Kozo at Everyday Gurus. It is a way to honor other bloggers who inspire us with their writing and to quote something they said that touched our hearts and/ or inspired us.
EJ at Becoming a Writer wrote a post for Bloggers for Peace in November that definitely struck a chord for me.
Nevertheless, hating my emotions is about as useful as hating my freckles, or hating my ear lobes.
I am learning to channel those fearful, doubting thoughts – and to value them. Without them, in a strange way, I’d never have written anything. Emotions are what make writers write, or painters paint, or singers sing.
I certainly would not have written my first novel without being pushed by my emotions. So ______ and ______, I forgive you and continue to pray for true healing for all involved. Mahalo for making my longtime dream of writing a novel come true, and mahalo for helping M. to finish songs she began writing long ago.
My Joyful Golden
Our Golden with our friends’ dog.
Pepper is a joy.
Love Christmas Joy.
The holidays are truly a joyful time for us. We are grateful for all of our wonderful friends and family and the moments they share with us. We are especially grateful that our newest family member, Pepper, is a good sport and allowed the Santa hat to stay on for photos. We also are grateful that our Golden makes friends easily and readily accepted his new brother.
This week the Word Press Photo Challenge is joy. Michelle W. notes:
Whether or not you celebrate a winter holiday, the years’ end is a perfect time to look back at the year-that-was and happily forward to the year-that-will-be. A time of renewal, celebration, and joy.
This week, let’s set ourselves up for a happy new year: share a photo that shows us JOY.
I hope all of you are having a joyful holiday season and have a very Happy New Year. I can’t wait to see what brings you joy. Click on the link above to find other joyful photos.