I read a post today on Slice of Life by vanessaw2007 in which she talked about an exercise to share things that give you joy. Her list made me smile and made me consider what things give me joy. So giving her full credit for this idea and building upon it, here is my list.
Things That Give Me Joy…
Peaceful, quiet moments-I think of quiet places to linger when the day has been stressful or my heart needs to ponder. I think of quiet places to reflect and recharge and refresh.
Snow falling-I think of gentle snows with lazily drifting snowflakes under illuminating streetlamps. I think of muted sounds and snow-covered coats.
Sunsets-I think of azure skies with golden clouds, of silhouetted trees guarding the horizon. I think of the sun whispering goodnight in fading hues.
Hot tea on the patio in the early morning-I think of the awakening world. I think of pausing, enjoying the quiet beauty, and of contemplating the emerging day.
Gracie-I think of our loyal, loving Golden Retriever. I think of her sitting at my feet as I wrote my thesis. I think of her winning ways-stealing into my heart by bringing me a stick bigger than her puppy self. I think of her swimming half-way to Michigan as we frantically tried to call her back. I think of my gentle, aging friend whose nickname is Faithful-and-True.
Husband-I think of John, lover, companion, and friend of 32 wonderful years. I think of kindness and caring and comfort.
Children-I think of Emily, Johnny, Tommy, Jimmy, Maggie, and Davey. I think of laughter and fun and memories.
Mother, Father, sisters, brothers-I think of a life of acceptance and opportunities.
God-I think of Jesus. I think of forgiveness, of freedom, and of forever.
I think of joy!