New Year in our home is off to a pretty healthy start, we are focusing on the value of real and joy. Today I am sharing the PERK project and also my focus word for 2018 (joy) as well as some of my thoughts with you on coping and life. I am not an expert in these theories, I just know what works for us most of the time. We are a real family with real life struggles searching for acceptance, love, kindness and happiness just like everyone else. So, my sincere hope is that I can pass on a little love and goodness to you! After all, we are in this real life together.
When one is a youngster real is home, Mom, Dad, friends…
When one is a youngster joy is derived from toys, playing, dessert…
As an adult we begin to discover that real and joy are a bit more complicated and that learning to discover ways to hold onto both can be a bit more challenging than when we were a youngster. In fact being genuine and joyful in our daily lives requires an intentional mindset. I am not a Preacher so I don’t want to preach to you, I just want to share what is in my heart and that is this; real, joy comes from living an authentic life, loving yourself, accepting yourself, being enough for yourself and walking with God.
This might sound selfish, but it really isn’t. It’s owning who you are and not looking to others to feel the voids or validate your life. This is accountability at it’s finest. Because truly you are enough, you were made to be just exactly who you are. We are all fighting the same battles of looking, wondering, and needing.
Being real and joyful require as much of a dedication as walking those 3 miles everyday, lifting weights, passing up on that slice of pie. Choosing a quality lifestyle is just as much of a commitment as a diet, prayer, and exercise. Being genuine and joyful are a choice.
Believe In Joy!
The reality of life is that joy sometimes comes from things that just can’t be seen until you do believe in them. Seemingly dried, dead bulbs, planted, loved, watered, tended to, turn into magnificent blooming plants!
Those wonderful, colorful, imaginative, intangible dreams-never ever give up on them! They are an inner working of your uniqueness and a vital part of the marvelous soul that you are. Dreams are placed in your mind for a reason, listen to them and follow your heart.
Remember how easy it was as a child to be joyful…reclaim that delightful and real child back again! We can do this together!
Don’t wait to reclaim the real you, the joyful you, until the time seems “just” right.
Because the “just” right time is right now!
You will never be younger than you are today.
“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
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Wishing you a weekend filled with real joy!