So this is the last week, for what seems like a very on/off and long journey. This week all I gotta do is choose joy. 2 years ago
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for about five years. It started when I moved to Canada and my uncle sent me a
card. He had signed it off with the words "find joy". It struck me;
people would normally say something like "enjoy your stay". I had
never noticed that the bigger part of enjoy way just joy.
of the train makes you feel as if you are flying. I enjoyed being on the
shinkansen. And so I spent a lot of time thinking about joy, right down to the
point where I became convinced that if I could build that feeling of
joy/love/adventure/control/passion/kindness into me, then I could feel connected
all the time. That was really al you needed: joy.
now I find joy everywhere" because that wouldn't be true. But I feel as if
I can sign this one off the list.
day hanging out with two friends. We went swimming the river, ate pies, hung
out at my local pool, listened to music, and had a snooze in the sun. I'm
marking it down as the best Australia Day so far.
will be looking after for a while). Although exhausted, it was still nice to
take them for a walk and watch the sunset.
time to sign this one off. I got stuck in traffic. The Australia Day fireworks
had started and they had shut down all the bridges in town. I was stuck. Not
going anywhere. Looking at fireworks.
home. I was annoyed I had chosen this route when I had the option to take a
different one to get home.
windows down and listened to the excitement of the people around me. I turned
off my car and sat with everyone else, gridlocked but happy.
much I just wanted to go home, or annoyed. I realised that I had finally found
This week I gotta chose conrol. Funny co I’m at home and it’s exctly what I need to do!
Last week as great. Nice to be a bit random again after always staying in the lines for so long. I think I will beed to keep this one up! 2 years ago
This week it’s all about randomness. All things considered of late what a cracking goal for this week.
I’m sitting at the bus stop listening to take five played. No bus yet but I don’t really mind all that much. Chick just sat down next to me. She is reading a highly annotated book on ecology in Spanish.
Here is a pretty good place for randomness. If you look for it.
This week I will choose randomness! :-) 2 years ago
Oh boy did I choose a tough week for quiet contemplation! It’s all good as it always is. The sun shines behind the clouds even as I sit here waiting for it to pass.
Well here is a list of what happened I guess:
I found out that my trust had been abused, as I knew it would.
My brother is getting engaged.
I had an argument with Alex.
I sent my resume off to NZ.
I held a dinner party.
A boy I didn’t care for called my heart condition freaky.
A boy I cared for doesn’t care for me.
I didn’t stuff up then.
I carried myself well.
I stood by my decisions and looked him in the eye.
I goofed around.
I noticed a new beehive on my walk to work.
I smelt the most wonderful rose.
I wrote too much work related poetry during a meeting.
I listened. 2 years ago
This week is all about adventure!
Just arrived back from home number 2 to home number 4. I’m not sure I really managed to do this so it’s ON! This week it’s off the chain. Expect updates :-) 2 years ago
I am choosing to be happy, life is too short to hold on to anger or sadness. I just try to keep that in my head:) 3 years ago
I chose joy instead of choosing to stay feeling crappy all day. I’m now feeling better. When I am upset I need to work on choosing to be joyful alot sooner, but for now I’m happy that I’m progressing. 3 years ago
Today went okay, got into a short argument with my hubby but at least it didn’t last a long time. Tommorrows another day though, and also still choosing joy instead of being in a bad mood because of the disagreement.:) 3 years ago
I have had a few times when choosing joy just wasn’t gonna happen..but it was my decision I realze and I could’ve changed it. I am trying to make an effort everyday to live a positive and joyful life. I am taking this goal one day at a time and learning from my not so good days….and relishing (is that the right word lol) in my pleasant ones. 3 years ago
I was in a funk yesterday and I chose to be happy instead of stay in a funky mood. Today I’ve decided I’m going to have a good day. 3 years ago
I got a little down yesterday, thats the bad news. Good news is that it only lasted for about 10 min. I got out my bible, read and let God do the rest. 3 years ago
Things have been going great with this goal. I’ve been choosing to be joyful and controlling my emotions (another goal of mine) instead of letting them control me. I woke up in a funk this morning(bad memories from someone close to me believe it or not) ,I let it get me down for about 10min but after prayer and deciding to be joyful and I just let it go! It feels great! 3 years ago
I used to be a generally happy person, but I’ve unfortunately allowed certain things (life) to get me down. But I am tired of letting situations decide how I feel instead of just being thankful for what God gave me and choosing to be joyful no matter what happens. So from this point on I’m choosing to be happy:D 3 years ago
When I started this goal I thought it would be easy. It turns out that every goal I have set for the week is a real struggle. It would seem that if I have to choose kindness, I am faced with hate and if I have to choose hurmour I am faced with ill will and bullying. It’s hard work this joy caper.
This week I had to choose to laugh – and oh boy did i have very little to laugh about! This goal is really bringing a few things into very sharp focus for me which is frankly a good thing. But on the other hand I get to the end of the week and look back and think – well, I could have done that a bit better.
Perhaps I should be giving myself a little more credit. Perhaps (and this is completely precendented) I’m thinking too much about this.
Perhaps I sould just let this one go.
That would be sad. I know what I have to do to fix the things that are unkind and next week I will approach that situation with better humour. Here we go! 3 years ago
It turns out that being kind is actually not the easiest thing for me. This week I’m not sure i got this one signed off – not to say that I was beastly to eveyone I came into contact with. That’s not the case at all. But there were moments at my desk during my day when I was thinknig to myself, golly, could I have been kinder to him? Could I have taken the extra thrity seconds to aks her how her day was going? Am I really letting kindess shine through my actions?
So I was thinking it, but am not sure that I made it all the time.
On the up side, I did manage to help a friend, listen to someone in crisis, laugh with my boss, thank for help reveiced, ask how her day was, share myself with friends, hold it in (and let it out), speak softly, brighten my house…
I reckon I managed this 60% of the time. While that’s ok, I think I will carry this forward for next week as well. No harm in making sure I’m totally on the ball with this.
NEXT WEEK: choose kindness and humour 3 years ago
Ok so this goal is slightly nebulous so I’ve decided to narrow it down into easy to do chunks. When I run out of chunks and I haven’t fallen back into old habits…I’ll mark this one off the list.
So here goes for chunk #1:
1. choose kindness
I think future chunks will be:
2. choose humour
3. choose adventure
4. choose quite contemplation
5. choose love
6. choose randomness
7. choose control
8. choose JOY! 3 years ago