Friday, March 30, 2012
Joy Comes With the Momentum of Habit
But then I have made progress, and it is coming in baby steps.
I have been learning the truth of the fact that attitude is so important in shaping your life. And every time I start bogging down in depression and a sense of being overwhelmed, I have turned the thoughts off by asking myself, "What is the happiest thing I know this moment?"
Often the answer is the people in my life, my husband, my children, a friend whose offhanded compliment makes me grin for days.
often the answer is the places where I choose to see beauty.
I live in an incredibly beautiful area, but also one of poverty and problems
Beauty is always there, and seeing it refills the deep well of Joy that I am drawing into my life each choice I make.
My momentum has turned it around in its tracks and started listing the abundant treasures that exist in my life.
Deciding to be responsible for my own joy, meant I had to get up and get dressed, wash the dishes I was blessed to have dirtied with our abundant food. And look for ways to bring that peace and joy into my life.
Baby Steps, one pile decluttered, one step done in creating a resume, one day when I went out looking for beauty. It adds up quickly into someone who is a better person, and happier, and joy slips in quietly and lifts my here in gratitude.