Welcome to More Joy: Treasure Hunting!
I have always believed that we are surrounded by treasures that will bring us joy if only we would recognize them. I live everyday grateful for the many blessings I have in my life: a family I love and who love me, friends who hug me, a job I mostly love, and a home in the middle of nowhere with nature all around me. My life has had its challenges, but I have been able to find the blessings in those challenges.
So why am I here, and why are you here? Well, I am here because I want you to be able to find the treasures of joy in your life that are waiting to be recognized by you. I want you to see the blessings in your challenges, and I want you to create More Joy for your life.
Welcome to our blog and to a More Joy filled life, "our blog" because it will only be as valuable as we make it together!
There was a time in my life when I was in a severe depression. I felt numb, beyond feeling. I was a young mom with a wonderful husband, a job, a 2 year old and a 1 year old..and I was miserable. I did not recognize and was not grateful for any of the blessings in my life. I remember seeing a guest on Oprah one day, Sarah Ban Breathnach, who encouraged viewers to keep a gratitude journal. I decided to do it, even though I did not see what I had to be grateful for. Early in those days I remember driving around the city I lived in one day and seeing a banner across a bridge that said, "When you can't breathe, nothing else matters." In my mind I thought, "I suppose I am grateful I can breathe." It was an interesting start to what has been a life-changing, joy-filled journey.
And so, my challenge to you as you begin your journey to More Joy, is to start a gratitude journal. Your journal can be a small notebook from a dollar store which you decorate, or a few blank pieces of paper folded in half and sewn between a piece of beautiful scrapbook paper. Your journal cover can then be decorated with more scrapbook paper, a title, an uplifting quote, and a few of the many scrapbook stickers you may have bought (as I have) for the as yet unstarted scrapbooks you intended to make your family. Attach a pen you love to your journal with a ribbon. Place your journal on your night table if you have one, or under your pillow if you do not.
Every night before you go to bed, make a list of 3 things you are grateful for. They can be big or small events that happened that day, people in your life, any aspect of your health that is going well, or anything else you can think of - the purple weed/flower you saw on the side of the road and picked on the way home from work today for instance - almost anything purple brings me joy! Even if you don't believe keeping a gratitude journal will make a difference in your life, do it, eventually you will recognize how this one simple daily act changes the way you think and changes your perspective on life.
Make it a great day!