Day 206 – Determination for a Joyful Life

4 HUGS, 2 children, 2 adults (1 husband, 1 Whole Foods employee)

Some days it is easy to be joyful, others…not so much. I am trying to learn how to turn those not so joyful days around. Sure, I am expressing gratitude for all I have but when my children are whining and crying over nothing and there is no end in sight, it is difficult to find gratitude. So instead? I am trying lots of different things. Most of them involve me looking like a fool. I mean, how can you not be joyful when immersed in an act of complete embarrassment? It started out small. In the mornings I started a coffee dance. Let’s just say there are a whole lot of limbs flying in every direction. And I am pretty sure I have the impression of a bobble head down pat. Well, the dance went viral! (in my own home anyway.) My kids do it and even hubby got in on it this morning. His comment to me? “I am not sure why I am dancing, I don’t drink coffee.” Yeah, neither do the kids, but everyone celebrates when mommy gets her first cup.

Dancing done. Coffee drank. Hug awareness commences. Since finding this new confidence I have in myself, I have yet to encounter anyone that appears to be questioning my motives. It must be clearly written on my face. Today, I was sure I would be questioned. The cashier at Whole Foods had just handed me my receipt when I looked at her and said, “I don’t remember if I asked before, but I remember you from last time I was here. May I give you a hug?” She gave me that sideways glance, her face lit up and she said, “sure!” Which was followed up with, “That was so sweet.” I left there on cloud nine. Hugs always give me a little gigantic boost of joy.

All of this joy got me thinking about the post 101 Ways to Cheer Yourself Up: Part 1 at YesandYes (great blog). It inspired me to step out of my comfort zone to create happiness. Well, it has been years since I did it last, but today I did a Chinese Fire Drill. Oh yes I did! (if you don’t know it, it’s when you stop at a red light, jump out, run around the car and jump back in before the light turns green) When I finally had the opportunity, I put the truck in park, jumped out and started running. I only stopped running just long enough to make a funny face at my kids. I jumped back in the car laughing my head off just as the light was turning green. My 4 year old was beside himself he was laughing so hard. Oh yeah, creating joy will be way easier than I thought. And maybe, just maybe I created it for someone else that witnessed my craziness. Oh man, I really hope so.

I know I am here on this earth to bring joy and happiness to others. I am learning that I do this best when I start with myself.

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.