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Right now… this upcoming Thanksgiving season I have joy in the fact that my daughter is doing well in her sobriety. Thank the Lord!
I will also continue to try to find little events and things that will bring me joy. This Saturday i will attend a fiddle event at our local library in the morning and hopefully go for a nice walk on Sunday since the weather will be chilly but sunny.
It feels to me that joy is where the heart is, so being with dear ones always opens to joy, like when my godchild came to visit recently and although being able only to see each other once or twice a year, we could meet many hours in heartfelt, deep running contact, as does playing music or singing alone as well as together, painting or being in nature. Only to find space for it all is a bit of a problem, as the list of what calls out to be attended to daily is almost never ending, like it is for many these days.
Embracing joy is easy when you constantly look for the good in all situations.
I think taking more opportunities, and saying yes more often would invite more joy into my life. I often tend to be apprehensive and shut down many things that come my way preferring the comfort of my routine, but I think breaking out of my comfort zone will help greatly in welcoming joy into my life. I want to live to the fullest, and that starts with breaking out of my shell.
Asteron and Laura…This fits me as well. I tend to stay in my comfort zone and not travel far from it. Asteron you made a very good point…Thank you!
This sounds just like me, Asterion. Comforting to be in the company of people who struggle with the same things I do.
Trust…not take myself too seriously…let it be
Birthday joy be yours throughout the year of life ahead, Sunnypatti!!🎂🙏
Today is my birthday, which is a great reminder to embrace joy more fully. I’m grateful for every day that I wake up, and I do feel like I’m always open for joy, but I don’t always embrace as much as I should because I’m so engulfed in my business. So what can I really do to embrace it more? I think using that gift of the Pause so that I can truly be in the moment. When we are here – now – joy embraces us, so how can we not embrace it back? I am embracing it now as I sit quietly in my home listening to a sound bath of healing thru my earbuds as I slowly start this day.
Happy birthday SunnyPatti!! Wishing you a new year of joy, good health, and magical moments:)
Happy Birthday Sunnypatti, you share the same birthday as one of my coworkers.
I hope you enjoy some down time to enjoy your birthday!
Happy Birthday! I hope you found time today to treat yourself to something special.
thank you! we had a very special meal last night at a French restaurant I’ve been wanting to try, which was all I really wanted 🙂
Happy Blessed Birthday Sunnypatti. Make your day the best ever. Cheers to You.🥂
Happy Birthday Sunny Patti. Here’s to you!
Happy birthday to you, SunnyPatti!
Wishing you all the best and joyful moments in your special day.
Happy Birthday! May you enjoy this special day when we celebrate YOU!
Happiest of birthdays! I hope this year, and all the ones to come, is filled with love and happiness!
Hmmm, I’m generally a pretty joyful
person. Self pity can get in the way.
Practicing gratitude and just being in
the present moment, exposes me to
the joy that is always there.
I know I am lucky. So lucky. I do think
about the suffering in this world and
the hatefulness and injustice that
people are exposed to. But thankfully,
this is not my reality. Holding both of
these things at once, is to be alive in
Charlie, Thank you once again for your wise words. I find the suffering in this world sometimes overwhelming. The abuse of animals that occurs actually keeps me awake at night. I belong to several animal organizations and it breaks my heart…and I cannot save or support everything and everyone. The suffering is not my reality nor my animals…and how grateful I am for that. Thank you for helping me see that.
Thanks for this succinctly put insight, Charlie..
“Holding both of these things at once, is to be alive in this world.”
I don’t know about embracing joy “more fully.” I primarily find my joy these days by being attentive to the nature outside my back sliding doors. Trees dropping leaves of changing color by the moment and covering my whole back yard. Squirrels, birds, chipmunks enjoying the days. The squirrels claiming acorns as their own, running to the spot where they stash their prize and hurrying back. I am otherwise primarily indoors these days as I heal from my fall. I don’t see many people outside in my condo area, especially with the colder temps setting in. In any case, I am open to joy at any time and do my best to “embrace” … pay attention.
Forgetting about myself and opening myself up completely to others; two-leggeds, four-leggeds, winged ones, and the rest! May you each find moments of joy this day.
As a full-time online student, the people I only meet day to day are my parent in-laws and my husband. Because of that, visiting this site and reading people’s reflections is a wonderful way for me to open myself up for joy. But honestly, I don’t want to embrace joy this way. It would be better if I could find some time to get out of my office, turn on background music and sing to my loved ones. I know it is good for my physical and mental health. However, every time I am about to turn off my computer, my classwork that I have not yet finished jumps into my mind and interrupts what I meant to do. So, understanding a theory is good for drawing a guideline, but truly following it needs a powerful mindset and more motivation. All right, student, at least you have spring break and summer break. Using these times to get involved to your community and family for joy embracing. Self-spoken! 🙂
Incorporate more fun days! I really need to go on a hike – it’s been way to long.
I can pause and take the time to let in the joy that surrounds me.
Live gratefully every moment of every day.
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