Happy Sunday, ladies! Welcome to Joy Note #1: Mornings Matter.
There are eight Sundays during my Season Of Joy posts….that is right…only 8 until the end of the year!
I am going to spend Sundays to send to you little Joy Notes!
These are meant to inspire, encourage, and prepare you for a hopeful 2022.
Eight posts… inspired by Karen in Ohio, who has followed this blog from the beginning. She was honest in admitting there are times when she struggles with joy….as we all do.
She was looking forward to receiving some help in this area…especially over the holiday season.
So, the idea of weekly Joy Notes was birthed (actually in my shower where great thinking happens) after her comment, HERE
BEFORE WE BEGIN JOY NOTE #1
Before I begin our thought for today, let me explain that happiness and joy are two different emotions, but often confused with one another.
All of us experience struggles and sadness which affect our happiness from time to time. Yet, in the midst of those struggles, it is possible to still have joy, hope and contentment.
I do my best, one day at a time, to not allow trials and circumstances to rob me of my joy.
I do not want fear, anxiety, disappointment or anger to take away the overall contentment which lives within me. So, JOY NOTES are to share with you how I do just that…how do I disconnect difficulties from my joy.
JOY NOTE #1: MORNINGS MATTER
At the ripe old age of 68, I have learned that how I begin my day matters immensely.
Before my feet hit the floor, I make sure I have a hopeful outlook for the day and a heart of thanksgiving.
Choosing to begin my day with silver linings during the pandemic was critical and slowly the joy of the silver linings took over the job loss and all other big changes in my life.
I now begin each day with excitement to see what lies ahead and what enjoyment there is to discover.
IN QUIETNESS IS STRENGTH
If something is tugging at me with heaviness, then I must sit still to regain that excitement.
Quiet time at the beginning of the day is critical for me.
I spend this time in prayer handing over to God any burdens or trails on my heart, praying for others and remembering what I am thankful for.
You can also choose to meditate, journal, or listen to peaceful music.
This is the time though when I plug into my source of joy for the day and just focus on one day at a time. The future can hold many anxieties which will not only rob our joy but also hurt our health.
Just start with one morning at a time. Then get up and do it again the next day.
I do this each morning faithfully…even before my daily walk or exercise….well, ok, maybe not before coffee!
JOY IS A CHOICE
Joy really is a choice….for those of you thinking, “But I am Not a morning person!”
You can choose to begin your day grumpy or discontented.
Or you can choose to be hopeful and look for the joy inside you.
You can choose to focus on the difficult circumstances right from the beginning of your day or you can choose to focus on the blessings amidst the difficulties.
It is a choice.
There are so many lessons and so much strength in beginning fresh every day with a hopeful outlook. That outlook can then chart your course for the remainder of the day.
Practice this daily…practice arising with a joyful outlook for what lies ahead.
Life is too short to spend mornings any other way.
Love you all! Thank you for being here…tomorrow, back to fashion and seasonal fun!
For those shopping today, there are a few really great sales already in progress….
By Pamela Lutrell