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The connection with friends, eating outdoors. The normality I took for granted before a pandemic intervened, is indeed a joy just now. Best for me in small doses to savour.
(Ed. I’ve just read the chat today and am filled with joy by your stories of joy!)
This evening I viewed the “best” photos of the Olympics in the Washington Post. These brought me great joy. I felt a smile from ear to ear. The expressions of the athletes were priceless.
Thinking about it, it is the little things that bring joy that surprise me. It might be, as other people have said, an animal or plant that suddenly pops up into my sight – including, today, the robin that we thought must have died as we hadn’t seen it for a few days, suddenly reappeared in our garden – great joy! Sometimes it is a comment from my husband – particularly a loving or amusing one. Sometimes it is a view, an amazing piece of music, a sunset…small things that just touch the soul. Moments to brighten the day and to remember and cherish.
How can I not have been surprised by joy all my life? Each day is a gift right out of a big box with my name on it. I always RSVP.
On Easter, I happened to look out at the grassy area behind our townhomes and notice several rabbits. (No, I am not making that up!) When I looked out awhile later, I noticed that one would run at the other and the other would leap up in the air and the other would keep running underneath. I have seen this before, but not for a couple of years. I looked online and it said that this is how they play! I never thought of rabbits, or other non-pet animals playing. So funny that this happened on Easter.
Also, thanks for the question. Reminds me to look for my book by C.S. Lewis called Surprised by Joy. I haven’t read it in quite some time.
The most recent is going to places to eat and seeing my former students handing me the food. I SHOUT of JOY every single time. They mutually jump or smile big with the same joy. My babies are getting jobs now. It makes me proud & emotional. They have all given me wonderful updates on how things have been in high school (I’m a middle school educator).
I’ll be walking along, coming home from the supermarket, and I’ll notice a bush with delightful leaves – or the elephant-like bark on the huge live oak trees
For years I have been told that one can feel joy even in times of difficulty, but I had never tried to experience joy during times of difficulty until two years ago. The surprise was that I was able to go beyone the difficulty in my life – and feel the presence of God’s Holy Spirit – and feel Joy! I wish I had learned this lesson sooner in my life – but better late than never. I am now able to observe the difficulty – but also be aware of God’s presence – God’s Love – and God’s gift of Joy.
I was surprised by how joyful I was the day after my birthday. It was visible to other people; one person commented that I looked radiant. It was joy shining through me.
HOW HAVE I BEEN SURPRISED BY JOY?
Previously I noticed that my joyful moments/memories have nature in common, no matter the person I am with. Recently I’ve noticed being in city like places frustrates me and annoys me. With that in mind and my recent trip back home I have had joyful moments in the city. In other words I am surprised by joy with its flexibility and creator; we grant ourselves the choice to be happy and without that permission we will not experience it. From time to time I ask myself am I granting myself permission to be happy?
The rain! It has been in the 90s, and even 100 Fahrenheit here for days and days. A friend mentioned her roses are turning into potpourri while still on the bush! Because of the fires here last year, close to us, it is a mixed blessing. When it does rain, they have to close many roads and highways in the foothills and the mountains because of mudslides. Glenwood Canyon is closed again because of another mudslide. Parts of Roosevelt National Forest have been closed for weeks. But down here, at 5,003 elevation, it is hot and dry. Many people who have no air conditioning or transportation to get a reprieve from that baking sun are suffering terribly. And it rained! There was joy everywhere here. No more rain in the forecast, but it gave us some joy!
I am so happy for you! Even though I live in Ohio, i have been watching weather news of the drought with interest. If you care to, there are some great ideas in permaculture practices for making the best use of the rain you get so you can retain as much of it as you can in the soil for the plants later. In deserts a highly successful method is deep mulching, but of course in fire prone regions that isn’t always a good choice, but there are other methods, too: I have been studying how to make farms and natural land more resilient in climate change, so please don’t hesitate to ask me for resources if I can be of any service. The link below lists some of the ways you can retain more of the rain on your property: It is only a summary of techniques, but that particular site has more information on each idea. Again, so happy for you!
Very good website-thank you! I am a Colorado Master Gardener with CSU Extension, and we do alot with landscape techniques to help us with all the weather fluctuations we experience. It is a challenge, and I am glad to know you are studying these things as well.
Your local Extension may have other resources you have not discovered yet, and it is always a good idea to use a .edu site, because they are all science based.
I think in every state-even around the world-we are all experiencing different climate challenges, and it is great to hear others are also studying up on this…..so thank you again.
Lol. A kindred spirit. I have a degree in Sustainable Agriculture. I know our current extension officer well, but this is unfortunately not her area of expertise. However, recently I spoke with someone from the ODNR (Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, Legacy Program) and found it unexpectedly useful! I learned quite a bit about forestry conservation in just an hour. I was very impressed with her passion, her expertise, and the services the ODNR offer to the public for free. She is helping a friend of mine to design his property to include a forest for food and other crops and helping him to write a grant to pay for half of it. It will also restore many indigenous species and bring the property back into balance. She knew a lot about precipitation patterns, water movement in the soil, how topography and certain trees and plants affect water levels, she sussed out immediately where the water table was, she seemed to identify every tree and plant we saw, all sorts of things. I was surprised how much of it was relevant to gardening in uncertain times, and I learned heaps. I would think Colorado has a DNR too? I agree about edu websites, but there are other good ones, too, like the USDA, ATTRA, SARE, Anyway, wonderful chatting with you, and thank you so much for the tips!
I better get some sleep now, I’m digging potatoes tomorrow! 🙂
Yes, we do! There are so many gifted people working on similar things now, it is a joy to see and experience the coming together of conservation in our time…it gives me great hope!
When my dog who is 15 years old and usually quite lethargic, suddenly wants to play, to run and bark and roll in the grass. She wants to be chased and then gives lots of kisses. Maybe there’s hope for all of us.
Unexpected answers to prayer. These are the best.
Thanks for the question, it prompted me to make yoghurt today because I remembered it gave me surprising joy the first time. Also, today and every Sunday, I have been burning old papers that are no longer needed, as part of a slow decluttering process. I have been surprised by joy through this ritual, and looking at the fire. I am getting matches in my next shopping:)
Congrats, Palm, for decluttering your papers! I need to follow your example..
Dear Mica, thank you. As you know, I have moved and I am now on the ground floor of the complex, by the garden. So, I am using the common BBQ grill to burn my papers, I think that makes it fun. I hope you enjoy it when when you are ready;)
Yay, Palm. 🙂
Surprised by joy when the rest of my family got to go to the family camp we normally go to and I stayed home with my 17 year old who has leukemia this week to continue his treatment. I’m surprised how much joy and laughter we have and that we aren’t buried in sadness and depression being locked at home all summer. So grateful.
Thanks for sharing, dear Jojo. May faith and healing be with your child. I am sure that positivity and kindness obviously of both of you helps a lot. My heartfelt best wishes accompany you both. All my prayers are with you also. Blessings be with you and your child.
Ditto on prayers. And well done, Jojo! Life is moments. So much better to enjoy the moments we have.
Lately when I had the joy to be with my siblings and my brother in law, it was so relaxed among us, peaceful, supportive and familiar. We had been together in loving kindness, which was so good to feel again. To find ourselves all together in harmony was causing deep joy to all of us. I am so grateful for us to having found a new kind and positive normal after quite difficult times, which really seem to belong to the past by now. To a large extent, change was due to an opening up of my younger sister, who somehow last year could overcome her feeling wounded and hurt with origin of old times, in order to accompany our mother during her last few weeks on earth, who died a year ago. So happy that things are so reliable well and stable among us now and to find ourselves in a kind of peaceful communion. It is a deep joy to all of us.
Surprised by joy of being able to breathe and open my eyes and grateful for being alive and kicking.
Today I was surprised by the joy of letting go! Surprisingly surrendering is joyful. Christians call it letting go and letting god.
Or we could say letting go and letting the universe. Trust and let go.
I’m joyfully surprised to know that putting down all of these burdens is liberating.
Thank you universe I’m so grateful.
I had to laugh at today’s pic for Word for the Day – I initially thought it was a large caterpillar with sunglasses on it. “Things are far too serious for us to lose our sense of humor!”-Terry Patten so true!!
Check this out, re: Serious and Humor
I had to go look at the picture again. Is that a cactus? Lol
Me too, I had to look at it several times, and also loved the quote
Hi Michele! So true! I laughed at the saguaro cactus too! Love it ! Hope you are well!
A morning sunrise bringing a different beauty every morning and great joy for the new day.
Things in nature surprise me and fill me with joy, like the woodpigeon that wandered into through the patio doors yesterday and had a good nosey round! I put food out every day so it must have assumed it would be safe to wander indoors not realising that I have a cat!! Fortunately she was asleep upstairs on the spare bed.
And the joy I feel when I am able to realise the spaciousness of Being is wonderful.
Blessings to you all 💜
Lol. Sounds like my cat, Fisher, who frequently misses all the action to get a good nap! Sounds fun, Butterfly!
Right now, at 4:15 AM in the morning, I just sat down intending to respond to today’s question, when through the open window I can hear coyotes off in the woods howling in the predawn darkness. And they’re loud! Every now and then we hear them, sometimes noticing by their sound that they’re on the move doing what coyotes do.
We live smack-dab in suburbia, and the undeveloped track of woodlands across the road and beyond a row of several other houses isn’t larger than a quarter-mile wide squared. Some people find the howling sounds of coyotes eerie, especially when they’re on the move. But whenever I hear them, I find myself saying, “Good for you…and welcome to the neighborhood!” For whatever reason, their presence and their howls make me smile, a slice of joy before the new day dawns.
Good for them, carving out their niche, and good for you, for welcoming them!
How beautiful ! I love this! Thank you so much for sharing . 🙏
Sounds like a spirit animal has come to you, Kevin. What are they teaching? 🙂
I get surprised by joy in some way every day… when our dog or cat comes up for a nuzzle of love while I’m reading or doing yoga, when my husband grabs my hand for no reason, when a butterfly pops into the garden with me or my favorite song comes on the radio… there are lots of examples, for which I am grateful 🙂
The question “Do you want to play on a church organ? It will be for the first time in my life, and it is going to happen in a few hours. I have joy in advance, just thinking about the music that fills the whole church.😊
HA HA! Adventures never end! 😀 Happy for you, Christine.
GO LOUD so I can open my window and listen!
And an adventure it was, dear Holly. I am very grateful.
Enjoy! Wishing you a beautiful experience, dear Christine.
Thank you, dear Ose. It was really beautiful.
Enjoy making a wonderful new memory for yourself! Have fun:)
Dear Michele, thank you. I will never forget this day. I am very grateful for this memory.
Oh my goodness, Christine, how exciting! My father used to play the piano and the organ. Have a great time! xx
Thank you, dear Butterfly. The sound of an organ is wonderful. Impressive. Xx
Good morning, Christine! I’m very happy for you. Even though I am not a musician, I know people who do play the piano and who would jump at the chance to play a church organ…the bigger the better!
Sometime, I will need to share with you a story, all true, of the efforts and antic to remove an antique church organ out of a sanctuary in order to replace an old wooden floor.
But for now…good luck…have a blast…and enjoy what I hope will be a recital of pipes!
Dear Kevin, I am so so grateful that I had the oppertunity to play on this beautiful organ. They asked me for next sunday again. It made me shy.
I love to hear your story about the antique church organ. And I think everyone else here wants to hear your story to.
When I have stepped outside of an evening and saw the exquisite beauty of a crescent moon with a star beside it! I have seen this really quite a lot… Maybe I forget how gorgeous it is! I feel really surprised by joy every time I see this, (there are so many (millions) of ways I could have answered this question… Love and Blessings to all
What fun, Cheryle – I’ll look for stars by crescent moons. There aren’t many stars here, but maybe there’s one.
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