Crave Joy!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Sky Ridge Realty, Lake Arrowhead, CA

I am embarking today on a new adventure.  My goal and focus is to count the joys in my life on a daily basis.  With all that is going on in our lives and the negativity that you hear everywhere, it is easy to look past the joy's in our life.  I personally have been more focused on the pain and difficulty and have completely lost touch with what brings me Joy.  I'm a really positive person too!  It is just amazing how you can become so overwhelmed by a problem and totally ignore something Joyful.

If I were to sit down and make a list with Joy's on one side and Sorrow's on the other, most days my Joy's would outnumber my sorrow's 10-1.  Why do we focus on the negative so much?  I think it's all we hear about.  I get so wrapped up in solving something negative and obsessing about it, I miss all of the little things I usually take so much Joy in.   

So starting today, I'm going to make sure that no matter how small and corny it may seem, I celebrate all of the Joy in my life.  I have so much to be thankful for. 

The point of this exercise is to make myself realize that even the smallest things that we totally take for granted, are Joy's in our lives.  For example, my list for today would be:

1.  I woke up

2. I enjoyed my morning coffee

3.  I was able to shower, wash my hair & brush my teeth.

4.  My children are happy, healthy & we have a great relationship.

5.  I worked out this morning.

6.  I have a wonderful husband who I love and who loves me.

7.  Alec got a 3.0 in spring semester at NAU!!!!

8. Lunch with Karli

9. Paid my car off

And my day isn't over yet!  I have a lot more good stuff to come.

My sorrows are more like:

1) I don't like my belt.

2) It's getting cloudy

3) My email at the office isn't working

So as you can see, the good definitely outweighs the bad.  Yesterday, I was so mad about the problems with the office computer, I totally didn't take Joy in anything else.  I obsessed and it ate me up.  By the time I went home, I was in a total funk.  Not good.

So focus on your Joy's and take pleasure in each and every one of them, no matter how silly they may be.  I guarantee, your days will be sunnier and your outlook much brighter.  I think we can all use that about now :-)

Comments (3)

Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Congratulation, you are about to experience a sense of satisfaction and self joy.

I invite you to look at my blog's photos of the beauty of our world as I see it.

Enjoy and best of luck to you.

May 14, 2010 11:41 AM
Kim Sellers
Lake Arrowhead, CA Coldwell Banker - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Lake Arrowhead Realtor - BRE#01412099 - Lake Arrow

Michelle, you have scored on this one.  Joy's in life are why we are here.  I know you and I both have amazing joys and the other things will just have to be... whoo hoo.

May 15, 2010 07:48 AM
Nancy Wright

I guess it's just human nature to get negative about things.  It's real easy to get caught up in the complaining and woe is me atitude.  I've been there too.  I liked it when Steve had us put $2.00 in the jar for negativity around the office.  I caught myself so many times, just little things, but it does affect one's own attitude and then spreads like wild fire.

You are right, we have so many things to be thankful for, just waking up in the morning, enjoying our beautiful mountain and then realizing that we have so much more than most of the world.  We had a hot shower and clean clothes to put on when we go out and start our day. Even though things don't always go our way, we usually seem to make it turn out OK.  Another one of Gods blessings.

My blessing today are: time with family, maybe a movie DTH with Gene, more food to eat than I should, the ability to put gas in my car, the fact that I have a car, lots of love and support around me, flowers in my garden, well the list goes on and on.

Thanks, Michelle for the gentle reminder, I needed it.  


May 16, 2010 01:50 AM