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Joy! is to be Spread

One of the nicer things I have seen recently is that this whole deal with focusing on Joy is making me want to spread some joy too. It’s not all about me, really!  Today I was supposed to meet up with mom. All she asked for on her birthday was for me to teach her how to use her digital camera and her new GSP system. Weather forecast called for snow, so we decided yesterday that we would reschedule for some day next week. I felt bad that I wouldn’t get to see her since we both were looking forward to the day.

After work yesterday, I started to realize that I was only 20 minutes from her house. I could drive from work, to see her, hang out for a quick cup of coffee , then head home. yeah, I was pretty tired and cold and wanted to get home, but I knew that surprising my mom would make her happy.

That short visit with my mom and dad, made her very happy. I was able to see her for a bit and let her know that she means a lot to me. She and my dad had to bicker a bit and that makes me laugh, especially when I have to chime in on the madness. 😉

Yes, joy is found within, but it also can be spread to those people around you.

I found my Word!

It’s a good one. Joy. Actually, how about this.. Joy! I had thought about several words, but my friend, Merkee, wrote this:

Joy rarely just happens and is a choice we make. You can perceive joy in anything, even our trials. The socks you mention in gratitude for example, yes it’s a mundane chore for a simple thing but you can choose to be joyful that they are soft or that they make your feet feel so good and keep your toesies warm or that you had fun the day you went shopping for them.

I do not like doing laundry but I love the feel of warm clothes out of the dryer. Sometimes I will just drape a towel over my shoulders and savor the warmth it brings. This is a small joy. There could be lots and lots more reasons for something so simple to be a joy and bring a smile. It can be a very short lived joy but look for the little joys in your day to day.

Is that not completely wise? Yet so simple! I am focusing on how to create Joy! int he simple things. This morning, I had to make coffee. One of my peeves is that no one ever (ok- 99.9% of the time) sets up the coffee pot. So most mornings, if I forget to do it the night before, I grumble my way through setting it to brew. This morning, I breathed in the coffee as I set it up- what a great smell! That little bit changed my attitude so much, it was like— ahhhhhhhhh, coffeeeeee!! instead of @*&%*$ No one made the coffee for me

I hope that i can continue to see the joy in everything throughout this year. I hope that all of you can too.

No New Year’s Resolution for Me.

I never liked New Years.And I like resolutions even less. So when an Oscraps designer, Sue Cummings, mentioned a “Word of the Year” article, my interest was piqued. The premise is that resolutions don’t work because they are rooted in Do, not in Be.

On the Christine Kane Blog, she describes a Word of the Year Approach where you focus on one specific word that will guide you through the year, and hopefully improving your outlook on life.

As of right now, I have my “word” narrowed down to three possibilities:  Joy, Kindness, and Gratitude. I hope that by the end of today, I’ll be able to choose which one should be my focus of this new year.

For more on this, you can read Live Creative and check out the Word of the Year Discovery Tool.  I would love to hear what words you choose and how you think it will change your perspective on life in 2011.