Today, we were planning to go to Ojo Caliente to soak in the hot springs, but the weather has decided not to cooperate with our plans. Though snow would not be a deterrent, and it is snowing, the wind gusts of up to 60 mile an hour and wind chill of -4, are deterrents, not to mention the road conditions. So here I am thinking about writing my blog and looking through my pics and decided to write about JOY! There is far too many people who live a life with no joy, not because it does not exist, but because they choose not to find it. Joy can be found in the simplest pleasures if one only looks, and being joyful is good for our health and for living life well.
The Portland 10K family walk was great fun and what a surprise to find these giant shoes in front of Adidas headquarters. I almost walked by and then stopped and had my picture taken. Joy!
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. -Henry David Thoreau
Silver Falls State Park, Oregon. A walk in the woods here is amazing!
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.
This shop in Lyon, France is packed full of stuff! I was mesmerized by the sheer amount of items stuffed into this tiny store. The floors were covered, the walls, the aisle only big enough to step through. It was not open, but I had fun looking through the window and door to see all it beheld.
A sense of humor… is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.
Miracles, indeed, are joyous to behold and this staircase in the Loretto Chapel is just that.
Crossing the bridge from St. Louis island and the first glimpse of Notre Dame. I love the angels that appear to be stepping down the roof!
Next to Powell’s in Portland, OR, Shakespeare and Co. in Paris, is my all time favorite bookstore for it’s cozy unpretentious meandering shelves of books. Sigh. Wish I could go more often, but such joy in the moment of being there.
Don’t miss out on the little joys. Make snow angels. And make them with someone like this:
Oh, I snuck in a picture of one of my grandsons. Imagine that!
Joy is in the simple pleasures.
Don’t let joy pass you by…
Slow down and celebrate. Find joy in life. In Love. In every day.
Take joy in this wonderful season of the year. I would love to hear about what brings you joy.
I wish you the happiest of Christmas’s and may all your celebrations be filled with JOY!
Peace and Joy!