What is joy? It could be many things.
A clean conscience, or clean socks.
Getting a stocking full of goodies for Christmas.
Fishing. Running. Painting a picture.
Watching an eagle fly or a fox leap in the snow.
Many things can bring joy.
I hope your life brings you much joy.
I am especially joyful today, because my first eBook is set to publish on January 1st.
I am thankful for the people who have coaxed me along. I am thankful for the time I can devote to writing.
I am thankful to The Lord for giving us many gifts...the greatest of all: HIMSELF.
Life changes, and we change also. It is good to make the best of every straight and every turn in the road.
Not saying that I have always made the best of things, I actually have not in many cases.
But I have tried. I do try.
Hopefully, as a person ages, if we are not smarter... then at least we are more experienced.
Many times we start things, and just never get around to finishing them. We run out of time or energy.
I am so guilty.
But in defense of the Starters, who are not finished yet, the Lion King Song "The Circle of Life" describes the epic battle we all wage:
"From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun
There's more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
There's far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found.."
So TODAY I am celebrating the success of finishing this one project.
I hope you can look back over your year or years and see the rewards of your efforts..finished or unfinished.
Guaranteed, the path behind you has changed because you walked it...there is a rippling wake following all of us.
I hope you can look back at it and see the wake of good ripples you have made.
And look forward with joy and peace in your heart.
Having motivation to keep walking on.
It is customary to beat ourselves up constantly over what we NEED to do, or what we have began and not yet finished.
Or maybe even what we NEED to BEGIN. We say we failed at this or that...perhaps some things are not even for us.
Fish will usually fail at climbing trees...find water if you are a fish and then swim like crazy.
Falling is not failing, it is an opportunity to learn and build muscles getting back up.
It is an opportunity for others to be inspired by watching your process. It is an opportunity for others to put out a hand to help.
And the helped, need to extend a hand to help farther down the road to someone else in the ditch.
Life is a circle, a merry-go-round, don't let it sling you off and no shoving other people..remember the playground rules?
As long as we are trying it is not over...keep breathing, keep trying.
And history proves that when it is time we will, you will. Sometimes, actually always, the time just has to be right.
December is not the time to plant corn in most cases....but when it is warm in spring - Get to planting that corn.
Don't aggravate yourself all winter because you don't have corn in the ground.
Even a cat crouches before it leaps. When it is time to be still, be still.
When it is time to move, move.
Now, if only Pj will do all of this....yes, I am trying. Still breathing, Still trying.
Still a work in process.
ANYWAYS.....Looking forward into the coming year....I am planning to pull out more manuscripts and pieces of manuscripts from the dusty archives. And do some new writing also. The time is right for me for these tasks.
I hope you are encouraged to do what the time is right for you to do.
Have a happy ending of 2015 and a productive/successful 2016.
And joy. Have some joy.
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