Today I want to share with you my thoughts and my mission in this article, Why I Write About Joy.
“Watch out for joy stealers!” My minister had my immediate attention with his comment. The message was based on 1 Thessalonians 5:16, “Be joyful always.”
I left with my heart full of joy on that day 12 years ago. And since then, my mantra has been, “Choose joy every day.”
After studying joy for many years, I finally compiled all my info into a recently published book, Discover Your Joy. I want to share with you a sweet comment from a dear friend.
Julie wrote to me, “I have really been enjoying the book. As blessed as I am, it’s a shame I need to remind myself daily to discover joy – but I do. Your book does the trick! Thank you!”
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Like Julie said, even though we are blessed, it is still a conscious decision to choose joy every day. Our lives are busy. Our to-do lists are a mile long. And honestly, why do we need to choose joy every day?
Let me tell you, as soon as Nancy Naysayer launches on one of her rants and you’re caught in the turmoil, your joy-meter might plummet in a downward spiral. By having your ‘well of joy’ completely full, you’ll be able to say calming words to stop the rant or you’ll have the confidence to exit the scene.
This is one reason I write about joy. I want to remind you how blessed you are for so many reasons. And I want to encourage you to continue to seek joy every day.
I am immensely aware that everyone is not in a place to choose joy daily. I’ve been touched by women in domestic violence situations, ones who are homeless, or living in a shelter. These women exist in dire circumstances just trying to survive.
My encouragement to them is to look for ‘moments of joy’ that they can hold on to. Maybe it’s the sunrise or a smile from someone. The smallest things can give us hope and joy.
Another group of women that I hold close to my heart is women living with cancer. Their diagnosis is on their mind every day. With chemo and surgery and radiation, they feel so drained. Where is the joy?
Let me share a story with you about my friend, Emily. She texted me one morning to say she just found out she has breast cancer. She shared the details that she knew so far. Then she ended her text with, “I am joyful. And hopeful.”
Emily is a beautiful example of choosing joy when life gets in the way.
I wrote an article for my friend, Patricia Price, on her website which is dedicated to healthy living for cancer patients. Be sure to read it at the link below.
So, why do I continue to write about joy, you ask. I want to encourage and inspire women to seek joy in their everyday lives no matter where they are on their journey.
From the depths of despair to the hilltops of glory, there’s always something to be grateful for. There’s always something to rejoice about.
I challenge you now to go put a sticky note on your mirror that says, “I choose joy.” Let it be your constant reminder to, “Be joyful always.”
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