Even a rainy day can’t dampen our joy. – Unknown
With sun I feel a bounce in my step and enthusiasm in my soul. I embrace a sunny day with confidence to conquer the world.
Not so much on a cloudy, gloomy – what Winnie-the-Pooh would call a blustery day – unless my agenda includes snuggling up with a good book. Yesterday was one of those days – and I had lots to do! I may suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, but that is usually the result of dark days over periods of time. My funk is instantaneous.
And, remembering that JOY is a choice, I tried with all my might to find joy in the dreary moment. I dragged myself out of bed and onto the porch to stare at the clouds, hoping for an a-ha moment.
Clouds just hang there — blocking the sun, not raining. Get on with it, I thought.
And a t-shirt I once bought for my son that read, “I’m not lazy I’m overflowing with potential energy” popped in my head. I have always honored procrastination, recognizing the need for ideas and energies to percolate – in me and in others.
So, I decided yesterday that I would welcome gloomy, cloudy days as reminders of potential and possibility. With potential and possibility, I find joy.
And today, I crawled out of bed, stepped on the porch to stare up at the clouds, stretched as Sue of Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond recommends and welcomed the day with joy!
Have you found tricks to help you tweak out joy in situations where it doesn’t come naturally?