Discovering beauty and joy in the everyday
We are a society that thrives on getting things done, keeping busy, and reaching our goals in the shortest amount of time. We are glued to and obsessed with our mobile phones, computers, and television living like robots. Sad to say many of us seldom notice the beauty all around us anymore. Sadder still we expect the extraordinary to happen, the need for “dazzle” in order to turn our heads.
In our busy-ness we have lost our childlike innocence to see beauty around us and the joy it stirs in our hearts. Dr. Brené Brown, author of The Gifts of Imperfection and guest on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, expressed her thoughts on joy this way…..”Joy is not a constant. It comes to us in moments–often ordinary moments. Sometimes we miss out on the bursts of joy because we’re too busy chasing down extraordinary moments.”
I was well into my mid fifties before realizing real joy was missing in my life. Fortunately my love for dogs was my saving grace, opening a door to become involved with training service dogs. They do the silliest things, are intuitive about how I’m feeling and infuse my days with pure joy.
Your joyful moments are just waiting to be unveiled. The next time you see something that gives you a smile, pause for a second or two longer on it and feel yourself Leaning Into Joyfulness. Life is sweeter when you lean in.