We cannot put joy on our Christmas list; it doesn’t work that way. Businesses are failing, money’s gone, we can’t even see our family. Circumstances stink and life is hard but we can still choose joy.
I’ve had many opportunities this year to reflect, be thankful and happy. That’s what we do, right? We evaluate our day or the situation and decide if it makes us happy. However, choosing joy doesn’t depend on the circumstance. Many things haven’t exactly been pleasant in 2020, but we can still look through pain and discomfort to find that feeling of joy. I’ve found joy at the worst times – times where family surrounded me in a time of pain. Situations where people were suffering yet there was a meaningful connection to those in my circle.
Let’s not forget about the people we see across the store counter or in the office beside us. They’ve probably suffered this year. Maybe big. Maybe small. Let’s not forget those who wear happiness but may be searching for joy.
I really like outdoor music festivals in the summer time. Not much beats an arm around a friend, raised drink in hand and singing along under the sunset with thousands of people. I missed those times of happiness this year.
Without office comradery, concerts, sporting events, parties and opportunities to gather and find joy I learned to look for joy while contemplating nature. Watching a honeybee on a flower in this big world inspires me. Like art, it’s something I can connect to that’s beyond me. I’ve seen some powerful things happen from the efforts of my co-workers giving back. Talk about finding joy.
Find a cause, get involved, volunteer, make a donation, make a meaningful connection with someone. Pet an animal, cook with your family, hold a baby, be grateful for your blessings.
Marianne Williamson said, “Joy will happen we just need to realize how good things really are first.”
Do what stirs your soul. Choose Joy.