JOY

It’s been a weekend of movies for us. We went to see 13 Hours on Saturday and Joy on Sunday. But the one that I’d recommend for all of my girlfriends who read this blog would be Joy. It’s the story of one woman who stopped listening to what everybody said she couldn’t do and began doing what she knew she could.

I think that we are all a lot like Joy and know that deep down there is greatness within. Yet, like Joy did for so many years, we get caught up in living the life that we’ve been given instead of creating the one we want. But you know what? It’s never to late to start.

What is it that you’ve always wanted to do? If you didn’t have to work to make money, what would you do? Would you paint? Would you sew?  Would you build? Would you write? Would you give?

Like Joy, do you have an idea that could make life just a little easier for someone?

Let’s you and I decide to stop wasting our free time watching television, scrolling Pinterest, mindlessly wandering through Facebook, or whatever it is we are doing. Let’s make a commitment that we will use  that time to develop the greatness that lies within.

 

Deuteronomy 8:18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

(The only downside to this movie is that she never found the courage to separate herself and her children from those who had been intent on destroying the dream within since childhood.)

 

My cycling injury is almost three weeks old. The road rash is gone and I can bend my arm now. But I can’t hold anything heavier than a quart of half & half and I can’t fully extend my arm. And the required rest and recovery time has added a few pounds to my waistline.

Whether we are recovering from an injury or sickness, we all go through those times when we can’t do the activities that we enjoy. So what do we do?

For me, I can’t go to the gym right now because I really need the use of my left arm to lift weights, use the elliptical, or run on the treadmill. All I can do today is wrap my elbow and wrist, get the dogs, and go for a long walk. And that has to be enough. Rather than being angry that I’m not working out and have gained a few pounds, I choose to find joy in the walks with my dogs.

What about you? When you can’t do what you enjoy most, what can you choose to do instead?