What Brings You Joy?

What brings you joy?

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I gave this assignment to a friend the other day who slipped out of her present.

I guess the first thing we need to do is define joy:
Merriam-Webster defines joy as:
1. the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.
2.  a state of happiness or felicity : bliss.
3.  a source or cause of delight.

Image from:
Stephanie Corfee 

What did I mean when I said:
My friend slipped out of her present?

 

I’ve written here at Wisdom and Life countless times about staying in the present moment.  How it’s only when we begin forecasting our future that we lose our joy.  Forecasting is so easy to do.  We all do it almost unconsciously.  When we feel ourselves slipping into that mode it is so important to put the brakes on and stop the forward motion.

 

My friend slipped out of her present:

She began forecasting
What if this?
What if that?

 

I constantly remind ALL of my friends who understand the paradigm I’m experiencing at the moment that:
Regardless of where you are
Regardless of who you are:
You’re RIGHT where you are supposed to be.

Everything is working just as it should; and the sooner we all realize that, the sooner we understand that there is a Divinity watching over us, protecting us, the better off we will all be, the more joy we will be surrounded by.

 

I learned this important lesson through my own experience.  So many times I’ve been lifted out of a challenge and there was never a doubt that the Divine was responsible.  The most important time I felt God’s love is described in Been There, Done That.

 

So what brings me joy?

Spiritually:

–Knowing my life is exactly where it is supposed to be.
–Knowing I’m watched over.
–Knowing my life is mapped out.
–Staying the present moment

In The Material

–Being with my friends
–Tapping away at my computer keys (Writing.)
–Losing myself in the flow, whether it be writing or photography

There have been times even as late as last week when I’ve been writing for what I thought was only a short time and I happened to gaze first at the page on my computer; only to see upwards of 25 pages, then at the clock; not seriously believing the page count only to realize hours clicked by.

 

That’s what brings me the most joy, when I get so lost in my imagination that time seems to stop.

 

I’ve experienced the same when I’m out with my camera.
This just proves my point over and over that I found my calling:
Writing and Photography are my true first joys.  And I’m so fortunate to have been able to create abundance from both.  That brings me more joy than anything other than spending time with my friends.

 

I’m always in the present moment when I’m enjoying these three experiences.

Being the present moment is the ONLY way to live.
Being in the present moment is what brings us joy.
Being in the present moment is where we MUST stay!

It’s only when we slip out of our present that challenges loom ahead!

 

So now that I gave the assignment of what brings you joy to my friend, I’ll ask everyone else:

What brings you joy?

As with all of our gifts, joy being one of them, we are meant to share.
Can you share your joy?
I do.  I fling joy everywhere 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!

Blessings to you.

Chris

 

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