Thursday, January 19, 2012

Choose Joy

It's Writers Workshop day at Mama Kat's. If you'd like to participate, click here.  I chose this prompt for my post this week:  "What brings you joy in good time (and bad)? Inspired by Oprah."

It's sort of ironic that she would ask this question because I had just decided that "Joy" was my word for 2012.  I wrote a post explaining my joy here. Please go read it.  I'll wait.

Are you back?  Good.  You may ask what more can you say about joy?


I just wanted to add that having joy is a conscious decision.  You choose joy when bad times come.  You remember the things you've already been through and you know you will end up a better person when all is said and done.

Yes, sometimes it will be hard.  Who ever said life would be easy?

I feel that one way to always choose joy is to have visual reminders to help me remember my choice.  I'm  planning on having the word joy everywhere!  Right now, I have a Scrabble letter holder on my desk with tiles spelling joy.  This is just the beginning.  By the end of the year, I'm going to see "joy" everywhere I look.

Another important thing to help me feel joyful is to be careful what I think.  If I dwell on hurtful, depressing and discouraging things, of course, it will suck away all my joy! Instead I will focus on lovely things, happy times, humor, beauty and blessings.

Hmmm... that sounds familiar ...

"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." Philippians 4:8

What brings you joy in good times (and bad)? That was the prompt I chose from Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop this week.

For me, it always comes back to the Word of God.  I'll always find joy there!

How about it?  Will you join me on my journey to joy?

Remember, it's a choice.


Arnebya said...

I needed this post today; thank you. And yes, it is hard sometimes to not dwell on all that seems wrong in our lives. Trying to remember to consciously choose joy is something I continually strive toward. Doesn't always work, but I do keep trying.

kaye said...

that should be a rewarding journey. kaye—the road goes ever ever on