- Work on improving my health.
- Spend more time with my husband.
- Spend more time with my children.
- Spend more time with my friends and extended family.
- Spend more time taking joy from each and every day.
In previous blogs I have talked about resolutions one through four. Today, I’m going to talk about my last resolution for 2012.
Spend more time taking joy from each and every day.
It’s a three letter word.
As a teenager, I remember walking from class-to-class wrapped in a bubble of sheer happiness. The golden glow of the sun was shining above my head. There was a promise of adventure in the air. Life was good.
As the years slipped passed, that joy to be alive, to be in the moment, stayed with me. Joy ran all the way to my core.
Money problems can steal your joy.
Health problems can steal your joy.
Relationship problems can steal your joy.
The death of a loved one can steal your joy.
I’m not going to lie. I have had my share of horrendous days. I’ve felt like Humpty-Dumpty. I didn’t need all the king’s horses or all the king’s men to put me back together again. I just needed a moment to breathe, to count my many blessings.
It is easy to allow your circumstances to get in your way. It’s harder to make a decision not to give up, to keep swimming against the current.
Mountains, no matter how high, are climbable.
Eruptions, no matter how strong, are livable.
Rivers, no matter how deep, are crossable.
Life without joy is empty.
When joy ebbs it’s hard to find the creative force within. Stress at work. Stress at home. Stress on the roads. These things can wear us down. That ebb can create havoc with our writing.
We need to protect ourselves and guard this most precious commodity.
I haven’t won the lottery. I don’t live on a private island. I don’t own a place in the Hamptons, but I have something more important. I haven’t lost my joy. It’s still wrapped around me.
Some days are harder than others, but I work not to lose sight of what is really important in my life.
As writers we take our characters to dark places, places they don’t want to be. The beauty of what we also do is bring them into the light.
Take a moment to breathe and feel the joy deep inside you.