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JOY! Where’s yours?

Joy paper

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.

It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.
Amelia Barr

giant tennis shoes at Adidas

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!

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

Silver falls state park, OregonI 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, Oregon3Silver 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.
William Blake

window in Lyon, France

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.
Hugh Sidey
Miraculous staircaseMiracles, indeed, are joyous to behold and this staircase in the Loretto Chapel is just that.

Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.
Tony Robbins

coming up on Notre Dame

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!

A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.

-John Keats

Shakespeare and Co.

If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books in their house, don’t sleep with them. I think that’s very important.
— John Waters

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.

snow angels

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
George Eliot

Don’t miss out on the little joys. Make snow angels. And make them with someone like this:

sweet face

Oh, I snuck in a picture of one of my grandsons. Imagine that!

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Joy is in the simple pleasures.

I wake up some mornings and sit and have my coffee and look out at my beautiful garden, and I go, ‘Remember how good this is. Because you can lose it.’
Jim Carrey

Don’t let joy pass you by…

speeding bySlow down and celebrate. Find joy in life. In Love. In every day.

Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.
Carl Sandburg

candle lightNot by appointment do we meet delight Or joy; they heed not our expectancy; But round some corner of the streets of life they of a sudden greet us with a smile.
Gerald Massey

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!

photo Jane drinking coffee in Paris

Peace and Joy!