You do not have to struggle and work to find spontaneous Joy…. it can come like an unexpected shower of Hope after a period of drought. You can leap for the sheer joy of being alive BUT ponder this thought……
A line of four women waiting to have major breast surgery in beds outside the Hospital Theatre. One of them gently commented …’we must make sure to remind them the op is not on our heads’
Not particularly funny but something unexpected almost holy swept the room. One by one they began to laugh. As each bed was wheeled away the nursing staff – the theatre doctors all felt the beds vibration and everyone was relaxed and surrendered to the day’s circumstances.
Even hours later the unusual joy in that usually stressful environment was spoken about. Only God!
It was a God Gift of Joy . EVERYONE benefited.
Think on this.
Open your heart to JOY. You will find it in the least likely places! Maybe a flower or a smile (or that mess all over the floor….you can’t plan it) Just open your heart to receive it.
Joyfully journey onward!
I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions.
I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
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Excellent advice…yes, where we least expect it…JOY shows up with Peace:) Thank you for your reminder to joyfully journey on! blessings, denise
I am Vester Neal In San Antonio, Texas. I certainly have enjoyed your posts. You certainly make one stop to think. I have always wanted to go to Australia but never had the opportunity. I will soon be 86 and I can’t do much traveling anymore.