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Thursday, August 21, 2014

why is it so easy


Transformations

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. 


At first I enjoyed sitting by the window and watching the wind and rain, but then, after the storm passed I became upset that the power was off. I called the power company and listened to the message that 32,000 people were without power and it would take several hours to restore it. My thoughts were tangled. I don't have several hours. I have work to do. I am already behind from my internet problems. What will my readers think when I don't respond to their comments. What if.......


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.

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12 comments:

  1. As I get older and wiser, I learn to let go over things I can't change. Power out is a good opportunity to unplug from technology - I love you description of happy families enjoying the evening :-)

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    1. It really is a great opportunity to just unplug. Vicki. We really shouldn't wait for a power outage. :)

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  2. Laura, It must be human nature to worry... We are not suppose to do that. We are to pray about it and hand it to God....but gee how many times do we worry before we do that?? We worry about things we can't do anything about. You did the right thing, making yourself enjoy the moment , walking helps clear our thoughts. Hope today is a better day. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. Thanks, Susie. I am going to unplug and go to an auction :)

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  3. Laura, I let obligations steal my JOY and I've decided to try to change that! Thanks for the insightful post!
    hugs,
    Linda

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    1. IT is so easy to get caught up in obligations, Linda. We really do need to stop and remember our joy :)

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  4. Yes, there certainly is joy to be found, sometimes all around us and staring us in the face - we just get so distracted that we don't notice it. One of my joys this morning was standing on the front porch during a hard rain, listening to the sound of the rain and my new chimes. It was lovely! God has given us so much in nature to enjoy. We need to stop, recognize it, appreciate it, and give thanks to God.

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  5. It's hard to switch to Plan B without an attitude adjustment sometimes! Things are forever changing! Hugs!

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  6. That is a good reminder. I know I've found myself doing that too before.

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  7. I've been there myself, Laura.
    You chose the best path!
    It's not always easy...

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  8. It's great to hear about families enjoying time together. I think that should be a regular thing to do. Too much time spent on technology and not enough conversations between, children and parents, husband and wives.

    Cindy

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