Finding joy

I’m a little late with this one, but a couple of days ago, Tina’s 30 Days of Self Love post asked us to find the joy in each day.

“From the small moments of a child’s laugh to the bigger “wow” moments of exciting vacations and celebrations, we must reach out and grab joy each day.”

It got me to thinking about how I find joy every day.

To be honest, I’m not so great at doing that. I know certain moments can be savored every day, yet I often don’t take the time to do so. I’m too busy thinking about the next moment to enjoy the present one.

With that thought in mind, I started a list of the things that bring me joy. They’re in no particular order (except the order they came to me).

In Arizona, you take the only fall colors you get.

— Fall colors. Out here, I don’t get to enjoy as many reds, oranges and browns, so I relish the colors I get. A carpet of golden wildflowers is a stunning sight.

— A Frappuccino Light (especially the coconut-mocha one from Barnes & Noble Cafe). Starbucks always makes me smile.

— Staging quiet rebellion. OK, I admit it: I’m a bit of a rebel. It gives me a thrill every time I break the office dress code without getting caught.

— Looking at this little face: My nephew, Alex.

My nephew, Alex, on his 1st birthday

Every time I see this picture, it makes me smile. I printed it out and am going to post it at my desk at work.

— Watching trashy TV. Seeing the poor unfortunate souls on shows like “Jerry Springer” and “The Steve Wilkos Show” makes me realize things could be so much worse. At least I’m not living in a trailer park, hopelessly in love with my second cousin once removed, who’s cheating on me with my best friend … 😉

— My two cats, Spirit and Destiny, and dog, Cocoa. I love getting sweet, sloppy kisses from Cocoa, or having Spirit snuggle up to me underneath the covers.

— Writing a really good column or story for the newspaper, one I know others will enjoy reading.

— Completing a chapter (or an entire novel). There’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment you get when you’ve written a complete story. (OK, I bet getting someone to agree to publish it will blow that feeling out of the water … but for now, I have to be happy with just getting the thing written.)

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