Joy will indeed find you and sometimes it is unlikely places. But if you decide that you don’t have time to spend time doing the things that bring the joy, then you are saying no to that joy, believe me I know I’ve been there. I’m actually there OFTEN. Sometimes the things that bring me joy are the harder choices then the things that make me feel “happy in the moment.”
I find it all the time in basic things like yoga,and then I go months without doing yoga again. That is just plain stupid, it’s real, but it’s stupid. It’s as if I am the one getting in the way of my own joy, which doesn’t make good sense, but I have found that I don’t always make good sense.
What do you KNOW brings you joy but you’re not doing it? Maybe you’re too afraid or unsure or maybe you’re too busy putting everyone else first? I feel like I’m there all the time with this. But here’s somethings I’ve learned about joy.
Nothing can replace it.
There are lots of things I like to do, I like to watch crappy tv and drink wine. I like to eat candy and cake. I like to…the list goes on and on. It’s just not the same. Joy wakes me up, it enlivens me and sets me toward the things I need and want, the places God calls me to.
So there are probably multiple things that you like to do, things that are fun and don’t get me wrong I’m not saying don’t do them. Heck no do them as long as they’re good and nobodys getting harmed. but the real true joy, that you know it when you’ve got it. In the next post on the series
An example is this. When I wake up early in the morning to pray and journal, I feel so much more connected in that 20-30 minutes (or 7 sometimes, if someone wakes up yelling for me!) I also feel more joy throughout my day. I feel better equipped. I feel more sure of myself and my choices and joy keeps coming, it doesn’t stop when I’m done praying.
It’s different for everyone.
When you feel it, when you find what it is that totally lights you up, you cannot all of the sudden think that it’s the same thing for everyone. Joy is personal. It’s unique and that is what makes it even more important to go searching for what it is for you. If you have no idea what it could be that brings you joy then start testing things out, things you’ve always wanted to try, things you’re always thinking about. Searching for joy can be a blast!
If you liked this post, don’t forget to check out the other posts in the series!
The first one here.
What’s bringing you joy right now?
Would love to hear from you!