I wasn’t going to post today.
I was going to take a break. Rest. But after hearing some inspiration this morning I’ve got this heavy on my mind and had to share with you.
It’s about joy.
Do you know what joy is? Have you experienced it? Do you feel joy now?
The problem with joy is that we have misinterpreted it in our culture today. We allow society to manipulate us into materialistic things that we think will bring us joy.
And while that may make us happy, it isn’t true joy.
True joy is something inside of us.
It can’t be bought. It can’t be watched. It can’t be mimicked.
Purpose that keeps us going. Makes us decide to wake up every morning.
Once we find our purpose, joy will come.
I know as far as myself, it’s not easy. It’s not just black and white or straightforward. But that is the formula. And once it’s reached, its a feeling that could never be bought.
I feel that life moves in too fast of motion sometimes and I want it to slow down.
Work, school, kids, extra curricular activities, and then volunteer work like me, who just had to say yes when I was asked to be president of our school P.T.S.O.
I love fall and long for it every year…hats, coats, boots, warm drinks, pumpkin patches, Halloween, warm days and cool evenings… but sometimes I do miss summer days when you could go two days in a row and not have anything planned. And somehow since its summer its okay. Because summer days are supposed to be lazy, right?
Fall days to me = fast. But I guess in some sort of way I love the hustle and bustle, since I long for this time of the year.
Every year I swear I’m going to get more organized. The house more clean. The kids in more routine (we actually do a really well job at this already)… the point is, every fall its like a mini New Year’s eve… resolutions that probably stress me out more than not. After all, the house will be dirty 10 minutes after I pick up. The kids papers will still pile, and I know there will be ones I’m not sure what to do with. And routines are fabulous, but sometimes you gotta go with the flow.
The experiences we share.
After all, the kids won’t remember that night when the dishes didn’t get done. What they will remember was that one soccer game when Mom and Dad cheered as they made their first goal.
They won’t recall the pile of laundry left on the couch. What they will recall is that time when we all rode on a hayride or found our way through a corn maze and picked out pumpkins to carve.
I have to tell myself these things everyday. In doing so I hope that I can take things one at a time and have things slow down a bit.
What do you have to remind yourself of everyday?
This 10 year old. Stuck in the middle of childhood and on the verge of growing up. Sometimes I look at her and realize that there isn’t many more years of make believe left in her. I love her imagination. Somewhere between those teenage years we loose our imaginations, our dreams. We grow up.
I don’t want her to grow up.
She is a reader. She always has been. I love that about her.
She read Anne of Green Gables. A classic. I remember reading it.
We borrowed the movies. If you haven’t seen them, they are older, slow paced, and nothing exciting. But they can let a little girl’s imagination fly into a world so vastly different than the one we have today.
She was enthralled in it. It doesn’t hurt that Anne too had bright red hair and was ‘too skinny’ as well.
Sitting there watching that movie brought back my own imagination.
I don’t want to grow up either.
Just some thoughts on life.
I have been thinking a lot lately. My mind swirls around in circles with ideas, problems, possible solutions, and dreams.
I have so many wishes of things I want to accomplish in my life – but unless I get the thoughts out of my head and onto paper nothing will become concrete.
I’m so happy with what I’ve become on my life’s journey, yet I feel that this is merely only the beginning of greater things to come, in my personal life and in this blog.
I see this blog as a window of opportunity to create a grander life from. I’ve already been blessed with some wonderful opportunities like Dinner Parties from Local Plate, Adventures from the Portland Aquarium, and Dinner Dates from In Good Taste...and I can see nothing but progress from here.
Will you join me? Will you read along as I create, simplify, and aspire to inspire while living my life?
What are you thinking about lately?