What brings you joy in life?
This morning I received my bloganuary prompt just in time to ponder it over my raisin bran (like all the great thinkers do, I’m sure 😉). Which way did I want to go? There is much to be thankful for. I have a roof over my head and a car to drive, family and friends that I love, and a job that I enjoy. These things all bring me joy, as do my hobbies. But what one thing do I want to focus on? The first thing that came to my mind?
I absolutely love being able to get outside and move around. Planning a trip and going to an ocean always fills me with excitement. I so enjoy stretching out on the sand and hearing the waves flowing in and out. The rhythm is very soothing.
But, as fond as I am of the beach, my heart is in the mountains. To me, being born and raised in East Tennessee is a blessing. We get to experience all four seasons. The trees and shrubs fill with flowers of every color in spring. Summer brings with it the long, hot days perfect for spending by the lake. Fall is absolutely beautiful with leaves changing colors from vibrant greens to a variety of warm reds, oranges, yellows, and finally brown. Usually the winters are mild, but we still get snow, sometimes a lot.
So my joy is definitely found outdoors. When I go on a hike, or just out for a short walk, I can leave everything else behind. No worries about work. I’m not running around picking up after everyone, or generally trying to Marie Kondo the heck out of my house, I’m just at peace.
When in nature I find it easier to focus and my mind becomes clearer. It really is so therapeutic. My meditations are much more focused (FYI my meditation verses for the first week of January are Psalm 1:1,2). Sometimes I even add a little yoga to the mix while I’m out. There’s just something special about practicing yoga outside.
So that pretty much wraps it up for me. I can’t wait to read what brings joy to others. I’ve already been amazed at the variety of ways people approach these prompts. I hope you have a joyous day!