Thank you, Megan, for the opportunity to share my thoughts on joy here at SortaCrunchy. It’s always such a blessing to find blogs that feed the soul like yours does.
Joy is both a gift from God and a project we continually work on.
Sometimes our joy sneaks up from behind and surprises us, and we catch our breath with happiness. Joy is that moment when a little one brings spontaneous kisses or when the light shines just so and makes you marvel at creation and the Creator. It is that moment when you are slicing avocados at your kitchen counter and suddenly realize that you are perfectly happy. But that is only one kind of joy.
At other times it’s all we can do to search for that little scrap of joy from beneath the rubble of disappointment. In that moment, joy is the shoulder that is always there for you to cry on, or the lesson learned that you really never wanted to learn. Yes, that is joy, too. And sometimes the joy that you have to really seek out is more meaningful and deep than the joy that appears out of nowhere.
The paradox of joy is that it is both something that happens to you and something that you make happen.
My mom tells me that as a child on the way home from birthday parties and other wonderful events, I would rattle off my lists of everything negative that happened to me that day. She had to enforce a rule that I had to say three positive things before I could say one negative thing. Now, as the parent of one optimist and one pessimist, I can understand her struggle in helping me find my joy!
Joy does not come naturally to everyone but it can be learned and practiced, as I am living proof!
Learning to find the moment of joy in a trying day is an art.
An art that can be practiced by aiming a camera and focusing both the lens and our thoughts on the small beautiful details in a busy day, or by taking a moment to read a poem or take a walk or brew a cup of tea. There are so many ways to nourish joy in life if we keep a watchful eye.
What brings joy to your day?
(Read more from Linn at PeaceLiving.)