Choosing Joy

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This is a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately, and I thought it was time to try and put my thoughts into words.  It’s a concept that I have always felt passionately about, and when there are days when the world seems to be spiraling out of control, it is more important than ever.

The lyrics to one of my favorite songs go like this:

… Blessed be Your name

When the sun’s shining down on me

When the world’s ‘all as it should be’

Blessed be Your name

On the road marked with suffering

Though there’s pain in the offering

Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out I’ll turn back to praise

When the darkness closes in, Lord Still I will say…

These words have always brought home to me that joy doesn’t always just happen – it’s a choice.  Thankfulness is a choice.  Even when it hurts.

I am by nature a “glass half full” person, so I understand that this idea may seem easier to me than it may to you.  Some of my dearest loved ones are “glass half empty-ers”, so I’ve had plenty of years to gain a little understanding on how they process things.  I know how hard, or downright impossible, it may seem to them to choose joy.

I truly believe that joy and positivity is something that we have to practice… you have to “fake it till you make it”.  I also believe strongly in the power of the spoken word.  We all have negative thoughts that crowd our minds on a daily basis, but speaking those negative thoughts aloud, and letting our brains process them, can truly be harmful.

Force yourself to speak positive words aloud even when your thoughts are telling you otherwise.   You might be surprised the difference it will make to your outlook over time.

Take some time this week to choose joy.  Reach out and grab happiness, even when it seems fleeting, and don’t let go!

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  1. Amen! Another little “ism” that always rings true for me is – “if it’s a choice between laughter or tears, you may as well LAUGH!”


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