Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Finding Joy When It Seems to Be Hiding From You

This is a series I am doing for the month of October. If you are new, you can start HERE.
Day 12
Thoughts on Joy:

free 8x10 printable
The last couple of days I have been in a funk. Ironic considering I am trying to write about joy, don't you think? Or maybe just inevitable. Anyway, yesterday it seemed like everything was going wrong and I was just so sad all day without any real reason. 

I got to thinking about how happiness is a choice. I realized, when I was so sad it was up to me to make the decisions that I needed to make to turn that around. It was not easy! 

I was tired. I hadn't been taking care of myself. I had been neglecting my family in a lot of ways--as the laundry pile continued to grow and grow my children's wardrobe choices became more and more limited. I had been focused on the negative things in my life and neglecting to count the blessings.

So, I took a nap. That gave me perspective. 

I ate a healthy lunch.

I tried to quit thinking about myself so much and think of others instead. I did some small acts of service for people.

I put more effort into focusing on the positive.

I did laundry. Lots of it.

And at the end of the day things started to turn around. I still can't say that yesterday held much joy for me, but there were definite happy moments. 

Today was so much better. Sometimes all it takes is a day.

Today I Found Joy in My Journey:
--visiting with a friend.
--in a thoughtful note from my cousin.
--eating a crisp, juicy apple. I love apple season.
--making plans for the future, but still living in the present.
--watching Specs run around outside and revel in the autumn weather.

 What brought you joy today?
Other posts HERE



Tanya H said...

Pretty sure I'm going to print out your poster and hang it in my son's room. He needs that. Thanks.

runningfan said...

The poster is awesome! I love it!

Have you read/heard of "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin? I'm almost finished and I love it! She has a website and a blog: I think it's lots of fun -- and eye-opening. You might like it!