Day 20: space for joy
One thing I learned in 2014 was how to make space for joy and levity, even in the midst of challenging circumstances or sad times.
How could you make space for joy in the year to come? How could you protect it?
For me it is a matter of allowing for joy – by not trying to force it – by not trying to plan for it but rather by accepting it in any form – no matter how big or small it might be.
Joy can come when least expected. It can come from the tiniest of things – the smell of lilacs hitching a ride on the breeze or the scent of cedars as I walk down the driveway at the farm. It is the first snow – as those delicate works of icy wonder fall from the sky and kiss my face.
It comes each and every time my child hugs me and says “I love you, Mommy.” It came when I watched her perform in her first Winter Concert with her first grade class this month. I thought I would burst with joy and pride at seeing my precious daughter up there on the stage.
Joy is in the simplicity of life and it is the acknowledgment of it. Even in the darkest moments, joy is there – waiting in the wings.
We need only take the time to notice it.
It’s Reverb 14! Time for us to kick back a bit and reflect on 2014. We’d love for you to join us! Just stop on over at: katmcnally.com to find out how!