It has occurred to me that there is a lot of joy in life. As a wife and mother of young children, living in one of the most beautiful corners of the United States, maybe I have more than my fair share of joy. It has also occurred to me that there is a lot of joy out in the world that goes unnoticed, unrecognized, unacknowledged. We're busy. We have bills and not enough money. We have illness. We have disappointment. We are imperfect. We have excuses and reasons to complain.
But, my friends, we also have joy.
And now the blogosphere has a brand-spanking-new blog that is going to highlight the joy. Come share with me the joy of parenthood. The joy of cooking. The joy of the outdoors. The joy of living in northern California. The joy of facing your 40th birthday in the face, unafraid! There's lots going on in the world. Not all of it is good. In fact, a lot of it is downright frightening and depressing and horrible. But you get enough of that bad stuff on the news, or tweeted to your smartphone every day. Change your focus. Look for the good. Find the joy.
If you're short on joy in your life, share some of mine. It's hard to resist the joy of a 2-year old boy sporting a tutu.
I'm not going to try to sell you on the fact that life is all a bowl of cherries. Because it's not. I get it. But if it is true that what we focus on multiplies exponentially, why not take a few moments to recognize the joy? We have the media or our stack of bills or grumpy friends to remind us of the crap in life. So take a moment to look for the joy. Because it's there. And it's worth noticing.