Isn’t this artwork gorgeous? This is the card Lynda F sent with her response to Love Notes 26, Prompt 2, “Choose…” Lynda wrote:
Choose >>> Joy
Start with a small step.
What little things bring you exquisite joy and happy-ness?
Try one. Then another. Then one more.
Try to do at least one joyful thing for yourself every day…
You deserve it!
Find your happy place!
Can we pause for a moment and talk about how much I need Lynda’s words?
I’ve been trapped in a season of work, work, work, and more work, getting next to no sleep and finding no time for the “little things” that add joy to my days. In the seconds between tasks, I’ve been dreaming about ignoring the to-do list, making Valentine’s Day cards, trying some of Diane’s photo collaging techniques, and taking long, long walks with my camera. At this point, I’ll settle for playing with stickers and my planner!
The office manager in my department mentioned today that she feels out of sorts if she goes too long without working with her hobbies. I exclaimed, “Me too,” and decided that I would do something–anything–this evening for balance and for joy.
As I mentioned in one of my 12 Days of Christmas Postcards posts, the word “joy” is significant to me, so the card is even more special. In fact, Lynda and I were in sync for this prompt; when I read the prompt, my response was also “choose joy.” No matter how much I tried to “shake joy” and find something else, joy insisted. So I encouraged Lynda to choose the steadying foundation of joy. I’m sure she did.
For more Lynda-art check her out on Instagram–@ladyfishpirate. Warning: You will be inspired to drop everything on your agenda and spend the night (or day) creating beauty. If it gives you joy, why not? 😉
3 thoughts on “Choose >>> Joy”
I sure do hope you got to play with your stickers Chandra 🙂 This piece is divine! So happy it found you 😉 Sending good thoughts your way, and prayers for more JOY and less stress.
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I just knocked a few things off my to-do list for tomorrow, so tomorrow can be a little more “laid back.” Thursdays are supposed to be my writing day, so hopefully tomorrow will be a little less intense. I worked on some creative things, but might just pull out a coloring book before going to bed. Hope you’re having a great evening!
I am all about it. I do this same thing, especially with the added impact of this whole blogging dimension. My prayer is to find and appreciate the joy every single day…to put aside the things that can wait.