J is for Joy

Hello Friends,

Here we are looking at the letter J. There are many places to go with the letter J, but for me I choose joy.


It is where wherever we find it. For some of us we find it between crevices in the sidewalk like a lost penny. For others it fills their each and every sunny day and every day is a sunny day.

Joy has not always been my friend. Joy was something I thought I could not find in my life. and yes, there are days where finding joy is a struggle. But there are more joyful days than not. Joy is wherever we find it.

I find it in my garden. I find it in my kitchen. I find it in my bed.

I find it in the faces of those I love. I find it in all the little ways we are kind to one another. I find it in the ways my children grow, mature, develop and come into their own. I find it in between the pages of a book. I find it in a great blog post. I find it in fleeting moments.

Here is the thing about joy. I had to open my heart up to the possibility that joy can exist plentifully in my life. I had to keep my eyes, ears, and very soul open to the little places where joy would appear maybe only fleetingly. It can pass in a moment and if you aren’t looking you may miss it altogether. So search out joy. Open your heart to all the possibility that joy can bring to your life. Where do you find joy?

P.S. Here is a little present to get you started.



Hello Friends,

I choose joy.
I choose laughter.
I choose happiness.
I choose guffaws.
I choose giggles.
I choose smiles on rainy days.
I choose joy.
I choose love that arrives in the middle of the night.
I choose the sunrise and the sunset and all the moments in between.
I choose kisses that leave me breathless and hugs that make me swoon.
I choose unbridled enthusiasm.
I choose positive energy and heartfelt prayers.
I choose joy.
I choose corny jokes, and raunchy jokes and funny jokes and jokes that aren’t really that funny.
I choose cheering for those we love.
I choose spreading love.
I choose non-judgment.
I choose joy.
I choose the half-full over the half-empty.
I choose the land of good intent and the Church of Everlasting Hope.
I choose flowers, strong coffee, champagne, and linen.
I choose springtime and planting flowers.
I choose visits to art galleries and museums.
I choose road trips.
I choose good books, big beds, and snuggles.
I choose joy.


Lisa Jo Baker has an interesting task every Friday. She calls it Five Minute Friday and it is a writing exercise posited around a particular prompt. You write to the prompt for a total of five minutes, uninterrupted, unedited, and then you link your writing to her site. As well, you go back and read two entries and comment on them.
She has, in effect, created a writer’s workshop. I love this and find it fun to participate in whether or not I had a blog. It is about the writing after all.