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Joy Lessons Week 33


Last week was pretty incredible.

I released a new book, celebrated having published 50 books, and marked the fourth anniversary of leaving my day job so I could write full-time.

Truthfully, I’m still feeling overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, encouragement, well-wishes, and congratulations from so many. It filled my heart so full of joy, it feels as though it might burst.

Sometimes, it’s hard to imagine how people I’ve yet to meet but whom I definitely consider friends can be so generous with their time, their kind words, their friendship, and love.  But I’m so, so grateful for them – for you.

To all of you who lifted me up last week, who joined in the celebrations, who make me feel so special, thank you  – from the very depths of my heart. You  have filled me heart with greater joy – greater than I could have dreamed.

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Joy Lessons Week 32


I love, love this quote!

It makes me think of Mary Kay Ash and her philosophy of making everyone feel like they matter.

My Aunt L. sold Mary Kay Cosmetics for years and years. As I teen, I so admired her, for so many reasons. She was lovely, gracious, smart, and successful… and had the pink Cadillac to prove it.

I’ve often thought about what made her so successful and I think it was because she lived by the quote above. She made everybody feel like somebody. Somebody who mattered. Somebody who was important. Somebody she saw.

In this busy, chaotic, hectic, crazy world, it’s so easy to feel invisible, to feel like we sometimes fade into the background where we are no one.

That’s why it’s so important to make each person who encounter feel like they matter. Because you know what happens when we do? It fills us up with joy and satisfaction and happiness. And it makes those people who feel like nobody full of joy, too.

My challenge to you (and I’ll be doing my best, too), is to make at least one person feel like “somebody” today.

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Recently, I’ve had conversations with not one but two people who are completely and totally obsessed with how they look.  While speaking to them, it became abundantly clear they judge everyone by their outward appearance.

And that made me sad.

Especially for young people, I know it’s hard when the world is saying you have to look like this or that to be accepted.

But people are so much more than clothes and hairstyles and makeup.

They have beautiful hearts, souls, and minds.

Some of the loveliest people I know don’t wear a speck of makeup, but they are beautiful. Their beauty comes from within and shines outward in a way no cosmetic manufacturer or fashion designer can reproduce. True beauty, the kind that really matters, comes from the heart.

And I love this quote because it’s true. Those who let the joy in their hearts shine in their faces are uniquely, wonderfully, undeniably beautiful.

For today, I hope you wear the joy in your heart where all can see it – in your eyes and in your smile. Shine on!

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This quote… I love it so.

And I really needed the reminder of the beauty of joy today.

Here’s the thing… it’s mid-summer, beautiful blue skies, rose scented evening breezes, and sweet ripe fruit that tantalizes my taste buds.

Yet, I’ve been struggling to find joy lately. I’m behind on deadlines, feeling rushed and harried, not to mention I’ve spent way too much time driving into town for recent doctor appointments.

Where’s the joy in getting up only to face yesterday’s half-finished to-do list with another long list for today?

The joy is in the sound of love, the color of gratitude, the song of hope. Joy is all around me and within me, if I just stop for a moment, take a deep breath and silence all the turmoil.

There it is, that soft whisper in the air, the warm colors in the landscape, the scent of sweet memories.

If you, like me, are feeling like life is spiraling a little out of control, take a moment to regain your footing and grab onto your joy with both hands.

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Lil’ Miss and I were chatting the other day and somehow the topic turned to people not being true to themselves because of the way other people see them or wanting to fit in with a certain group.

I encouraged her to be true to herself.

That’s the only way I know for any of us to be truly happy – to enjoy, embrace, celebrate, and cherish our own uniqueness. That’s when we know the joy loving ourselves brings.

Do I always follow my own advice? Sadly, no. But I’m getting there, one day at a time.

When I find myself trying to be something other than what is truly me, what fits with who I am, I’m not happy and I realize the reason is because I’m trying to conform to something that isn’t me.

Never, ever be afraid to be yourself. The people who don’t accept you who you are aren’t worth your time. And those who do certainly are.

Here’s to a day filled with joy, embracing your unique, wonderful, completely awesome self. May it bring you a heart full of joy.

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Happy people.

What a better place the world is because of them.

We’ve all heard the suggestions to surround ourselves with happy, positive people. That isn’t hollow advice but sage wisdom.

Happy people are awesome.

That’s not to say they don’t have dark moments, but for the most part, happy people choose to let the let shine in and through them.

Happy people might seem rather Pollyanna-ish to the outsider looking in, but I think they are incredibly strong and absolutely amazing. It takes a lot of work and conscious thought to stay dialed in to happiness.

I’m learning, slowly it seems, to spend less and less time with the gloomy, negative, negative-Nellie type people and more around people who make me laugh, bring a smile to my face, and fill my heart with joy – those fantastic happy people.

Life’s too short to waste our precious moments with people who bring a big basket full of crazy, emotional drama with them wherever they go. All their efforts to bring others down to their level of misery doesn’t do anyone any good.

Focus on the happy people.

Even better, focus on being one of those happy people. That’s my goal for the day.

Maybe this song from Little Big Town, which I love, can get you off to a good start.

Happy People.

May you be one today.


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Sometimes,  in the middle of a day that started well but quickly headed the other direction when I realize I’ve forgotten something very important.

I’ve forgotten to choose joy.

Joy is a daily choice.

We can either make that choice every day and find such sweet joy. Or we can ignore it, forget about it, and wondering why joy seems so distant.

Choose joy.

Just like taking a daily bath, make that daily choice for joy and see if you don’t find it following you throughout the day.

I know there will be days I’ll still forget, but the great thing is, you can choose joy at any moment in the day.

And I’m choosing joy for today.

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