Life is full of Joyful moments - they come upon us unannounced and can sometimes be quite fleeting. If we don't stop and appreciate them, we can miss them entirely. We take so many blessings for granted - our health, our family, our friends, sunshine, rain, laughter, and the list goes on. Sometimes we need to stop the busyness of life and take a moment to smell the roses.
This is what Embracing Joy is all about. It's taking the time to appreciate the beauty of our lives and the people who are a part of us. Every day small moments come our way....sharing a joke with a friend, sharing a memory with our partner, seeing our children behave in a way that makes us proud, getting a difficult job done and done well.
Too often we are focused down into the depths of all the things that are going wrong, all the illnesses and troubles and other little annoyances that beset our lives. We are upset at the person who stole that great parking spot, peeved when our co-worker left their coffee cup in the sink (AGAIN), or when our children didn't call, or our husband forgot to get the washing in when it was raining. There are just SO many little irritants that suck the joy out of our day.
Maybe it's time to turn our focus away from those upsets and instead acknowledge the lovely little happenings in our day. They don't have to be big drum-roll events - we'd all like to win Lotto, or take a trip overseas, or watch our child marry the perfect person, but those are the standout points - they don't come every day and we can't expect them to. What we need to look for are the little snippet moments that pop up all the time and often go by under the radar while we're "busy making other plans"...
Let's start looking for, and celebrating the joyful moments - our morning coffee, a hug from someone we love (give one if none are being offered), a friendly smile, a shared laugh, a lick from our dog or a nuzzle from our cat, a text from our child who lives away from home, a shaft of sunlight in just the right spot, finding something we love on sale, receiving a compliment (remember to say thank you!), chocolate, baby smiles, cheerful greetings, I could keep going forever if I'm not careful. Embrace it all and watch your smile get wider and your sense of being blessed increase with every joyful encounter.
Think about the little things you get joy from and leave them in the comments - I'd love to have a few more examples to add to my list.