JOY - A source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something exceptionally festive or satisfying.
"Speaking of Joy" by Marielliot
So funny how JOY week keeps ending up on a holiday week. I've mentioned that I didn't do any big planning session to figure out the order in which I would examine my virtues. I just sort of looked at them and kept the series the way they came to me and here we have Joy ending up on the holidays of Christmas, Easter and now the 4th of July! How festive for for my festive virtue!
Over the long weekend, My Sweetie and I did not do much of anything in the way of exciting entertainment but we did get to spend a lot of time hanging around together as a family. It was terrific. At some point while we were enjoying The Girl's squeals of laughter, which she often shares, my Sweetie said, "There's your Outrageous Joy!" He was referring to the fact that I had discovered and created myself as the possibility of outrageous joy many many years ago (In a Landmark Education Seminar) and a recurring conversation for me is how do I manifest Joy on an ongoing basis.
Watching my happy girl in action is the manifestation of my and now her joy! If children come to us as pure potentiality the best gift I can give my girl is an optimistic and joyful heart. It is so satisfying to see it happening and to have my partner in parenting recognize it. What makes the whole thing even more fun is Sweet's joyous nature actually compounds my own.
If I am off track or feeling like things aren't going the way I would like I ask myself the question, Who are you being Kathy? Are you being a possibility of outrageous Joy in this moment? Over the years just asking myself this question has been enough to shift even the darkest of moods. At the core of my being I am Joy and in the moments when I forget this is when I feel lost. Lately I have not been feeling lost but I have been wondering what I might be creating next and/or in addition to parenting my daughter. I am hopeful that this week exploring joy may lead me to some of those answers!
This week's "Bliss Initiatives" are color coded in purple for quick identification. They are specific things that you too can try, if you want to play along with me. However, because as Earl Nightingale says, "you become what you think about," even if you only follow along, and never take on any of the bliss initiatives, I expect some positive results. I will be exploring and encouraging JOY this way:
Next Post: More Joy
My 13 bliss virtues are
joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community,
romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, and surprise.
This week we are exploring Joy.
Next week is all about Order.