“I am going to notice the lights of the earth, the sun and the moon and the stars, the lights of our candles as we march, the lights with which spring teases us, the light that is already present.” – Anne Lamott
“I am thankful that thus far today I have not had any unkind thoughts or said any harsh words or done anything that I regret. However, now I need to get out of bed and so things may become more difficult.” – Sylvia Boorstein
In the dailyness that is life, notice the light;
Witness the magic in the ordinary;
Participate in the day with gratitude and grace – for self and others;
Reignite your sense of humor and wonder;
Invite and allow fun into your space;
Do what is yours to do and nothing else;
Worry, fear, complaint steal too much time;
A quiet moment to reset, to renew, to begin again.
“Spirituality doesn’t look like sitting down and meditating. Spirituality looks like folding the towels in a sweet way and talking kindly to the people in the family eve though you’ve had a rough day.” – Sylvia Boorstein
“Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.”— Henry David Thoreau, The Heart of Thoreau’s Journals
“All Joy reminds. It is never a possession, always a desire for something longer ago or further away or still ‘about to be’.”― C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life
From dirt to bloom to dormancy back to bloom yet again.
In all the seasons, circles and cycles of life, enter the rhythm, flow and cadence.
The “what” and “when” we often do not know, but we can choose the “how” we move through.
True Joy is detached from circumstances, a foundation, the dirt, the ground to firmly plant and stand on.
May you be carried by joy, hope, faith and love through each day.
Abide in gratitude, praise and glory.
In communion with life, married to joy.
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus
“There’s a bright spot in every dark cloud.” – Bruce Beresford
“Wisdom. . .is knowing what you have to accept.”― Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose
No doubt, it’s been a long winter.
It’s hard to be positive about 30s in April, on the cusp of May.
Another circumstance we can’t do anything about, out of our control.
Collectively, we’ve had a lot of those the past two years, stuff out of our control.
The one true thing in our control is our reaction and response.
Do we allow them to take our joy hostage or do we free the hostages, inviting and entering gratitude in all seasons?
A personal daily choice.
I am going to keep choosing gratitude, albeit imperfectly.
There’s room on the team of joy if you want to join.
We have plenty of spectators, critics, cynics.
Humor, delight, wonder are playing first, second and third base.
We need some pitchers and a catchers.
Participate and play the game, it’s a short one.
“Humor is a prelude to faith and laughter is the beginning of prayer.”— Reinhold Niebuhr
“A sense of humor… is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.” – Hugh Sidey
Abby was well-pleased that she was able to sneak a pair of socks outside. When I went to pick them up, she grabbed them, began flipping them in the air and the chase began. In simple things, in laughter, in silliness of something as small as this, our load lightens, and joy opens the window to let fresh air in.
Chase joy and laughter today. In a smile, in play, in simple moments, delight awaits discovery, a blessing delivered.
“Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.” – Horace
“All the trees are losing their leaves, and not one of them is worried.” – Donald Miller
“Time really is a circle; I can see that now. We are trapped between a past we can’t return to and a future that is uncertain. And it takes guts to live here, in the hard space between anticipation and realization.”— No Cure for Being Human: (And Other Truths I Need to Hear) – Kate Bowler
Joy is not an occurrence but a state of mind, a decision, a thread woven through circumstances, a foundation.
Hope is not futile but a necessity, a staple, the main ingredient to surviving difficult days and seasons, a promise that is kept with time and perseverance of daring to continue on without turning back. Grit.
Grace is not understandable but a daily gift from God, an unreasonable, unexplainable, unconditional love.
Peace is a worthy pursuit, attainable and begins within. Start with self, home and then move into the world with your example, map, model. Show the way.
The world is not flat. Go to its edges to broaden your view, deepen your understanding. You will not fall off.
A place, space and season for everything under heaven.
Joy. Hope. Grace. Peace. To You. To All.
“Yes, there’s a right time and way for everything, even though, unfortunately, we miss it for the most part.” – Ecclesiastes 8:6 (MSG)
“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)
Yesterday, I picked up a 22-pound turkey for Thanksgiving. When I drove off from the store, the car was beeping. Looking around to see if the doors were shut properly and then at the dash for the indicator light, the passenger side seatbelt light was blinking. I started laughing as I buckled in the bird to stop the beeping.
As we enter this holiday season, remind yourself often to lighten up. Remember what it was like last year when no one could come together during the height of the pandemic. Lay down your politics, opinions and angst that we are still in pandemic living long enough to be grateful, awake and generous. Listen to enter conversation, not lecture. Our similarities unite us. Our differences create the tapestry of color, richness and texture.
Joy, hope, peace, light. May you receive and give all of these daily.
“As long as we feel safely held in the hearts and minds of the people who love us, we will climb mountains and cross deserts and stay up all night to finish projects.”― Bessel A. van der Kolk
“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” – Henri J.M Nouwen
Ease softly into the day. Set a cadence and pace. Realize your power over what you can actually influence and guide. Slow down and set the rhythm for your life.
In a world that promotes, rewards and reveres more, faster and never enough, do not succumb to the wide road, the expected path. Make your own your choices. Savor more and speed less. Steady joy over spirts of adrenaline. The journey over the race.
The narrow path.
Slow down. Choose joy. Daily.
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.” – John Keats
“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” – Karl Barth
Allow joy to enter this day and permeate your thoughts, words and actions.
Capture and give it away.
Embrace and be held.
In the ordinary.
In a walk.
In flowers and fields.
Wide open spaces abound.
Joy. Gratitude. Beauty.
Choose your focus, change your life.
“Beauty is whatever gives joy.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay
“May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.” — John O’Donohue
“For Equilibrium, a Blessing:
Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.
As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity by lightened by grace.
Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.
As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.
As silence smiles on the other side of what’s said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.
As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.
May your prayer of listening deepen enough
to hear in the depths the laughter of God.”
― John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings
May wisdom enter so we can see and open the gifts woven in each day.
Centered and awake in this sacred place of ordinary.
On holy ground of joy detached from circumstances.
A return to self and rapt awareness of how we are connected to all living beings.
Grace, reverence, respect, freedom, perspective, clarity, the laughter of God.
Seek equilibrium and reside in the balance and ease.