It was late in the afternoon. My errands were run and I was ready to settle into printing postage for my shop, reading blogs, and responding to your wonderful comments. That's when the sudden storm hit. It blew violently in from the west. Trees were knocked down and the power went out.
How easily I lost my joy. How easily I gave it away. It blew down the street with the wind and was soaked up by the rain. I wondered why it is so easy to give up our joy. Joy is inside of us. We are born with joy. It is an innate part of our beings, and yet we give it away as if it isn't our right to feel it at all times.
So I got in my car and drove to the neighborhood shopping center, where they still had power. There were people everywhere. Families eating frozen yogurt. People enjoying drinks and food on the patio of the local restaurant. Couples walking hand in hand. Children laughing and playing. They hadn't given up their joy because of a storm, so why had I given mine up so easily.
I knew then that the things I was worried about could wait. I took back my joy. I went for a walk. I meditated. I read outside where there was still light. I breathed in the joy of living. I made a conscious decision to not give my joy away so easily. The lights eventually came back on. They always do.
There is joy in every moment if we just let it happen.