Oh joy, so I just got back from the doctor since I couldn’t seem to shake this head cold and am super glad to know that a. I’m not a complete wimp, and b. why I’ve been such a cranky you know what this week. Having a summer cold turn into an ear and sinus infection is never a fun thing, but here we are.
That being said, I love that today is also the second post of my series on joy! It’s perfect timing. Why? Because that’s part of it for me. I know that I can find joy even when my days suck, even when I’m down and out with a cold, and things don’t seem “happy.”
How is joy different from happiness?
This is something I’ve thought about for quite a while. Fr. Michael Himes of Boston College’s Theology Department talks about this concept in a way that I LOVE! The distinction between happiness as being dependent on a lot of outside factors and joy coming from within is one that just makes good sense to me, mostly because this is my experience.
So I’m finding it right here. Something interesting I have realized is that the internal feeling of being filled with joy varies depending on the season of my life and heck even the season of the year. So a lot of where I’ve been finding it is in very seasonal things.
Here they are two things that are sparking joy for me, this inner feeling of peace and contentment, right in this moment.
Growing things in my garden!
If I’m honest, this is surprising me. I feel like I am constantly biting off more than I can chew and one more job or thing to do and stay on top of isn’t something that I would’ve thought would be so AMAZINGLY good for me. But there’s something about the garden, it’s simple, and my plants are forgiving (like when I don’t weed them or water them enough, they hang on for me.) My plants are bringing me so much beauty and peace in my daily life.
Sweet and Simple Decor
I’m also loving really being in touch with what decor I want in my house and not spending money (though don’t get me wrong, I’ve spent months talking myself out of “just one HomeGoods’ shopping trip.” People, like Kristi I should be Mopping the Floor, are basically bringing me so much joy with all the great budget friendly decorating ideas. I’m in love with these AMAZING FREE PRINTABLES.
What’s the theme?
Right now the underlying theme for me is simple. Keeping it simple, that’s it. Going back to my real desires and hopes and staying true to them. I’m trying to remember that while I may want to do it all, I may want to be it all, I cannot do it ALL of the time. So I’m remembering what matters most and trying to slow down, enjoy the season, and embrace the moment. Even if I’m stuffed up and my ear hurts. There’s still joy waiting for me right around the corner or in the same room!
Here’s to a joy-filled holiday weekend.