"Joy is a decision, a really brave one, about how you are going to respond to life."
A long time ago I was part of a hospice team. Every year we visited county nursing home residents to host a holiday singalong. We always asked the residents for requests. I've never forgotten the moment one elderly woman slowly stood up with the assistance of an aide. She swayed unsteadily on her feet but her voice rang out loud and strong:
JOY! .............. long pause ........... TO THE WORLD!
It was a command, not a request.
For a thousand different reasons it can be difficult to feel joy. But I've been thinking a lot about joy these days. I've been studying joy. What if the world didn't have to be any different but we were different? What if, as commanded, we found Joy?
From December 27th, 2018 until January 2nd, 2019 (7 days) I'll be posting Joy Notes on this website and Instagram. Each day will present a different perspective on joy.
I know that no one's life is exempt from pain and sorrow. But I also know that we have the opportunity to feel more joy in our life. Take a chance on joy and consider my Joy Notes. You might be surprised, you might be unsettled. You may be filled with hope. And you might find more joy. Please, join me on this journey - the world can sure use more joy.
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We had an 'abracadabra' day Sunday in The Encouragement Cafe! Annette Murray worked her watercolor magic teaching us how to create stunning colorful handmade holiday cards. Mary Peterson astonished us as she put together a beautiful flower and evergreen arrangement before our eyes and then helped each of us create one too! The laughter, new friendships and conversations linger in my mind long after everyone goes home.
The Encouragement Cafe is more than a story, more than a place in your heart, more than a studio in my home. The Encouragement Cafe appears - abracadabra! - anytime women get together in play and friendship to make things with their hands and to share what is in their hearts. The encouragement was flowing Sunday like an unlimited cup of coffee from woman to woman. And what is encouragement anyway but "I see you and you are doing great, keep at it!"
So, one of my holiday wishes this year right behind world peace is that you create your own local chapter of The Encouragement Cafe, like a chain restaurant, serving up nourishment anytime and anywhere women get together to create, to share, to laugh, and say, "I see you and you are doing great. Keep it up!"
The world can always use a little more encouragement, and 'abracadabra' you've created it!
'Abracadabra' as it is used here means “I will create as I speak”.
From my heart to yours, Judy