Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Finding Joy - A Challenge

"Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day." ~ Henri Nouwen

There are times in our lives where we feel like our lives are spiraling down into a black hole from which there is no escape.

Have you ever noticed that when seemingly bad things being to appear in your life it just seems like life keeps throwing more and more of them at you? I think that is because we become so overwhelmed and get stuck into such a rut that we forget what joy feels like and begin to focus all of our attention on the negatives.

I am always telling everyone that if all you see/notice is the negative in the world, that's all the universe is going to show you.

We need to learn to rediscover the little moments of joy in our day-to-day lives so that we can slowly pull ourselves back up out of the darkness and into a more positive light. I know that it is difficult when you are in such sorrow or so stressed out about the bills piling up, the kids being sick, the car not running right or one of a million other things.

For the next 30 days, I challenge you to look for the random everyday moments of joy that we all take for granted. For example, on my way to work Monday morning, there was a HUGE rainbow in the sky. It brought a huge smile to my face.

Even on our worst days, we can find something to be joyful about.


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