The next time you see me or any of your friends, imagine that you hear us say, “Gimme some joy!” and so, you do that. You give them some of your joy. You be the bright spot in someone’s day!
Don’t tell me you don’t have any joy because I know you do. Everyone does. This doesn’t mean that you will go around joyiously all the time. 😉 I doubt seriously if anyone could do that… not all the time. I don’t suggest that you “fake it till you make” it because most people I know can tell you are faking it. We all have our ups and downs. But the point is, when you did dig down deep to find a little joy to share, some more joy came into that space and you now have more joy. You actually gave joy away and you got more of it right back.
Some of us should begin by looking within to see what is crowding joy out of our lives. I’ll save that topic for another blog post. 😉
Sometimes I see some of my friends and it seems that they are looking more like sourpusses every time I see them. I want to shake them and say, “If you’re happy you should tell your face.” Sometimes – because they are my friends – I cannot resist giving them a verbal shake.
Show your joy!
“I don’t have any joy.”
Yes you do. You may have to look for it but you do have a little joy hidden away just waiting to be expressed. So, “Gimme some joy!”
Just because you can force a little joy to share with others, doesn’t mean that you may have genuine concerns about something that is going on in your life. Joy is not happiness that depends on our circumstances and our moods. You can have the same joy in terrible circumstances that you would have when all is well. It’s not about tying to cover up the fact that you may be feeling like crap. It’s about helping others to find their joy. You can do that, can’t you?
Doesn’t it feel great to be someone who understands that you can – for a moment – be side-tracted from your troubles by giving joy? What a concept!
“Gimme some joy!”
Copyright © 2013 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” Larry James is a professional speaker, author, relationship coach and an award winning nondenominational Wedding Officiant. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere. Something NEW about relationships is posted every 4th day on this Relationships BLOG.
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