Joy is Contagious
Have you ever been walking in a store, or been sitting in Church and you see someone walk past you that just oozes joy? Where the smile on their face lights up the room and you just think “Wow, I wish I had what they had for breakfast?” Today’s post is all about joy, and how you can obtain it to make your day, and even your life, a bit brighter each and every day- enjoy!
I am going to be straight up honest with you- until we moved to FL, I had joy- lots of it. I had it on my big moments in life- when I married the love of my life Craig, when our girls came into the world, when we bought our first home, and the list goes on. But if you have been following our story all along, you would know that both Craig and I were searching for a different kind of joy, the daily kind that we just couldn’t find in our lives in WI. It didn’t mean we didn’t love the Lord enough, or that we weren’t happy in our marriage, we just felt that another place was calling us to it and that our new source of joy waited there.
So how did we find it? We fought for it, every single day of our journey and dream. It is exactly like Figment says “One little spark…” that is all it took to keep our eye on the prize and continue to move forward. I will never understand people who say “I wanted to be this, but I wound up being this.” Why are you being what people expect you to be instead of who you WANT to be? I have decided that my joy lies in writing, as you know if you are reading this. The joy doesn’t come from the money I make, because I don’t make any at all. It doesn’t come from my numbers every day, although it affirms my work is being read. The joy comes from the comments people leave, and the way it makes me feel to type out what’s on my soul every day in print. Nothing is scarier than putting your life story out there for the public to read and ridicule, but I do because it brings me joy to help others.
How do you find your joy? Well, think about what makes you smile the most, that when you think about doing your favorite thing in the world that it gives your butterflies. What repeats at the end of the day, over and over in your head that you can’t stop smiling about- THAT is your joy! If you want to cook, cook. If you want to make your life better, do it. If you want to relocate and move to FL to be closer to the magic, DO IT.
As much as I touch on how home sick I was in FL, the joy that I have felt in the small amount of time that I have lived there is this- “My cup over floweth.” I am over the moon happy when I get to walk hand in hand with my husband around the Resorts, or hang out with my girls on Main Street eating Cotton Candy. I am filled with joy when someone says hello to me in the Parks, or when I make a new friend. I don’t think I have ever NOT worn my smile while in Walt Disney World, and that’s because it brings me so much joy. Even when drama ensues, or I am having an off day, it’s something about the music, the lights, the feel of those places that calms my heart and just makes me want to spread the love I feel for it.
I want to leave you with this. If you are in a dark place in you life right now, in the Valley instead of a Mountain top, I want you to really think about what made you the happiest in your life and go there. Whether you do it physically or mentally, I want you to go there and find your joy. Find what makes you smile, what fills your heart with so much love you don’t know what to do with it all, and then live your happily ever after- I know that I’m incredibly blessed to live mine. Love to all of you and God bless your day!