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One Joyful Day …

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One joyful day …..

Last week was Thanksgiving.  This was the first that we had an empty place at the table.  That day was really rough.  In the morning, I was experiencing intense emotions.  Then, I saw a post on another site where the author posted – “Something told me to get out of the house… to go to the place that always grounds you… that always brings you closer to him.”  She did.


The rest of the day was pretty good (I might say).  My daughter and oldest grand came over and served me Thanksgiving dinner.  Got to see my son and his girl, too!

But……

The next day, Friday, I had a JOYFUL DAY!

That whole day, I felt joy, happiness, and love for a whole lot of people and things.  While driving around, I couldn’t help but sign to the Christmas song on the radio.  I even took some of the family out for ice cream!!!.

Yes, one, great, awesome, joyous day.

In her book, Option B, Sheryl Sandberg writes about happiness and joy.   To quote her:

  1. Happiness is the frequency of experiences, not the intensity.  I do believe that the frequency of happy experiences are starting to come more often.

  2. We should go and do the small things that make us happy.  I am choosing things that make me happy, even though those things may also have some pain associated with them.

  3. Allowing ourselves to be happy – accepting that it is OK to push through the guilt and seek joy – is a triumph over permanence.

  4. Joy is the ultimate act of defiance (U2 lead singer Bono).

  5. A day of joy is fifteen minutes.  A day of pain is fifteen years.  The job of life is to make those fifteen minutes into fifteen years and those fifteen years years into fifteen years.

So, how about you?  What can you do to move from pain to joy?  Journaling, singing, laughing with loved ones, visiting special places?  Tell me about them.  I would love to hear from you.

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