Finding Joy in the Simple Things

Good morning! I have been having difficulty with my computer for the last few days. It keeps freezing and crashing on me… before I can type in the blog. Let’s see how far I can get today. I liked the query about joy… finding joy in the simple things, so let’s move forward and discuss this.

Burst of Joy

Joy is an emotion of elation and, more quietly, of extreme contentment. When we experience joy, we are in the present moment, noticing that which is around us with gentle and appreciative eyes and heart. When experiencing joy, we are fulfilled with the most basic and simple things.

Even in the midst of my computer trying to die on me through its crashing and freezing, I have experienced joy. How in the world did that happen and why in the world would I even be thinking about joy, you might ask? Well, every time it crashed and I had to wait for it to restart, I was able to look around me at my surroundings, which brought me great joy and contentment. The way I have my home decorated brings peace to my soul.

There are other ways to experience joy in the midst of difficult times. You see, joy is expressing delight, or rejoicing in what we have. Even in the midst of a difficult time, we can turn our attention to the little things around us that delight us, in which we can rejoice. It may be as simple as a little flower in all its wonder, or it may be something as profound as watching another human being, especially a child, as they navigate their day.

Joy is found in the little things that are occurring constantly around us, every day, all day. All we need to do is make the decision to look for joy in our world. This takes willingness to turn our attention from our strife and trouble, and focus on something else for a moment. In that moment, we become refreshed, making it easier to cope with our troubles.

Where do you find joy in the simple things of your life? What brings you delight, even when you are stressed? We’d love to hear from you, so leave a comment and let us know how joy manifests in your life.



Have Joy, Wonder, and Peace When You Live Your Dream

Moments of Wonder

The exciting news is that once you have gone through the process I have been blogging about, you will find joy, wonder, and peace. This is especially true when you are following your dream.

You can make the conscious choice to experience joy and wonder, and when you do, you will know peace. Let’s consider wonder first.

Promise of Peace

If you approach everything as if it is a gift, an amazing creation, you will begin to see the world with eyes of wonder. Everything will seem to be a miracle in its creation.

Consider the image Moments of Wonder, above and to the left. I took that photo in February 2004, and it wasn’t until November of that year that I noticed the star. Now it is all I see. And in the moment I noticed it, I was filled with wonder. Hence, its title.

When you choose to see everything in wonder and awe, you will notice you are experiencing joy on a regular basis. This joy will be a feeling of delight and excitement in everything you do and experience.

Burst of Joy

I never thought I would ever in my life experience joy. For 48 years until I got sober, and then about three years of my sobriety, I was mired in bitterness and anger, hurt and pain… confusion. Then, I discovered forgiveness.

Since that point, I have been able to experience joy. It was such a new experience that I had difficulty receiving it. Today, I am in sync with my emotions and can actually be with joy.

When you are in joy and wonder, you will know peace. It is such a freeing sensation, peace is. It’s like, you see the world in a whole new light, with a deep knowingness.

Today, create wonder in your life for everything you encounter. Remember, it is a choice. When you choose this, you will experience joy, and then, you will experience peace. Give it a try and let us know how it worked for you. Follow your dream. It is the gateway to wonder, joy, and peace.