JOY 2008We use to work together, and for her own personal reasons, she left the company (before I did) to work closer to home. Three weeks ago, the store she was at decided to close. Now she already went through one lay-off in her life (after working at Lord & Taylor for seventeen years), so she knew the "drill" she may be up against. Thankfully though, they relocated her - ironically back to the same area she had left from (to be closer to home). Not only do we have our store saga's in common - but back on November 4, 2004, she had given me Joel's first book - Your Best life Now. In it, Joel has a phrase that says "NEVER LET ANYTHING STEAL YOUR JOY. It's probably because of his inspiring words, I've prominently displayed "JOY" in our home for the holidays.
The ways I have experienced and expressed joy has changed throughout the years. But no matter what has happened, what changes have occurred, or what adversity has come my way - somehow, I have maintained JOY. A huge part of that joy is expressed when I not only have a plan and see it through, or somehow get through a difficult time, but I experience joy when I read the beautiful comments here on the blog, facebook & twitter, or when I receive an email from you letting me know that I have inspired you. THAT is where I find my true joy... inspiring others.
How do you express or experience JOY? Is it just some letters and ribbons you put up for the holidays? Or does it have significant meaning to you? Over the weekend, as you tweak the tinsel, craft your Christmas, or start stressing over the season... take a moment to think about something what makes you happy and brings you JOY...
The JOY of friendships...
Rosemarie in red - I'm grinning down below!
Spread it around because you never know who just might be in need of it too.
Thank you for the many beautiful comments left on the "Simple Comfort & Joy" post earlier this week. You say I've inspired you - but so many of YOU have actually inspired me.
I've seen Joel one other time (back in I think 2005 up in Ft. Lauderdale), but I am SO looking forward to seeing and hearing him tonite! THANK YOU ROSEMARIE!!
Have a great project filled weekend - and see you back
on the blog on Monday!