Illusive Joy

10 Sep

Joy is an often illusive feeling, isn’t it? Seems a bit challenging to pin it down and get it to hang around with us for very long. We would LOVE for it to come and stay a while. Really, of all the house guests we could ever have, wouldn’t it be nice if joy  just came and stayed, oh, maybe, forever?? :)

{Click on the image to download a hi-res 5×7 for printing.}

We tend to experience short bursts of joy, but they are often drowned by the “realities” of life – the frustrations, physical aches & illnesses, exhaustion, grief, anger, and sometimes just plain ole drudgery of the every day.

Most of us probably wouldn’t think of ourselves as joyful people or people who find joy in the every day. But you know what I’ve realized?

People who find joy in the every day are people who look for it in the every day.

If we are passive about allowing joy into our lives, the amount of joy in our lives will be minimal, at best. Joy demands to be sought. It demands to be acknowledged. And once you seek and recognize the joy in your daily life, you will be amazed at the amount of joy you will experience. And beyond that, you will begin to recognize past moments that were full of joy that you completely overlooked at the time – because you weren’t looking for it.

Do you look for sources of joy? They’re all around you. You have to open your eyes to see them and open your mind to recognize them:

  • A fresh, Fall breeze.
  • A baby’s uncontrolled giggle.
  • The cat purring in your lap.
  • A smile from a stranger.
  • The first taste of Pumpkin Spice cookie this year.
  • Receiving a card from a friend in the mail.
  • A hug from a friend when you are grieving.
  • Being loved by people who know you.
  • An unexpected gift.
  • Dinner with your spouse.
  • An encouraging email received in the middle of a difficult day.
  • Seeing the sun rise in the rearview mirror as you drive to work.
  • Laughter that makes you cry.

Sometimes, during certain seasons, it’s incredibly difficult to see joy, to feel it and experience it – to even believe that it has found it’s way to you. It’s there. And it will find it you in the most unlikely moments. Be open to it.

Be open also to being the source of joy for someone else. There are a million small things we can do that might be just the joy they need that day.

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. – Job 8:21

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. – Psalm 16:11

Have a beautiful, JOYFUL week!
♥ Rachel

2 Responses to “Illusive Joy”

  1. Facing Cancer (@cancer2gether) September 10, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    I love the image – it’s simple and true, yet can be so easily forgotten in the hustle of life.


    • rachturner September 11, 2012 at 8:39 am #

      You’re right, Catherine – it’s so easy to forget! Have a wonderful day!

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