Recently there has been challenges thrown my way and I believe these challenges are opportunities to grow and change. It can be funny how you never know how high you can jump until you are asked to. Either out of necessity or you are being asked to. But, during these challenging times, it is very oh so very easy to allow stress to overtake you. Stress is a real thing, and when I feel it, I really feel it emotionally and physically. Can anyone agree with me?
In my studies of the word joy, I see and am beginning to understand that this joy is rich, full, abundant and can be accessed at any given moment :-) Joy as I am learning is like a well that is continuously flowing with fresh water and the more times you access this well, the more there seems to be. It is almost seems that the less you go to this well, the more it dries up.
One way to access this joy is to embrace joy from others and accepting it in your environment. Joy is a big-sounding word, and so we tend to look for classic expressions of “big” joy — huge smiles, exclamations of delight, hugs and cheers. The kind of joy associated with winning the lottery and marriage proposals.
Yet other forms of joy exist all around us. As you begin to look for joy, you will notice more and more of them. There is the joy of pleasures, simple or sublime, such as enjoying a delicious meal, listening to music, or savoring how it feels to hold a baby in your arms. There is the joy of purpose, and how it feels to contribute, work hard, learn, and grow. There is the joy of being connected to something bigger than yourself, be it nature, family, or faith.
There is the joy of having your needs met — being helped, listened to, or held in a comforting embrace. There is the joy of laughter, and especially shared laughter, and especially shared laughter when everything seems to be falling apart. These are just a few of the possible joys you can witness. When you keep your eyes open for them, you learn a lot about how much possibility there is for joy for ordinary moments, and even difficult circumstances.
How to catch joy
Here are five favorite everyday practices for catching joy. As you strengthen your intention to notice joy, you will surely discover your own favorite ways to witness and share in the joy of others.
Be full of Joy,
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