Thursday, December 30, 2010

#reverb10 - Day 27 - Ordinary Joy

December 27 – Ordinary Joy.  “Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?” (Author: Brené Brown)

I remember thinking, “I just want to be happy.” I had this idea that to be happy meant that I could never be sad, mad or…unhappy. I thought, “I wouldn’t know joy if it hit me upside the head.” I had this idea that joy-full moments had to be huge; live-out-loud-laugh-till-you-pee-your-pants huge.

I was wrong.

In my quest to discover happiness and recognize the joy in my life I had to step outside of myself. I began to become aware of every laugh, giggle and smile. I began to acknowledge each make-me-go-ah-moment. I began to see that the majority of my joy comes from a myriad of little moments and it is those little moments that when added up, equal happiness.

A few ordinary moments I’ve noticed offer me great joy:

  • my first sip o’ bliss from m’ coffee cup each morning
  • hugging, kissing and talking with my daughter
  • making a card to celebrate someone’s special moment
  • family dinners
  • playing board games together
  • coloring with crayons
  • getting my hands dirty with glue, paint and glitter
  • writing by candlelight
  • taking a good photograph
  • watering flowers
  • crunching through piles of fallen leaves
  • rain showers
  • bubble baths

· car dancing

· …and so many more


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