BLOG 141—JOY!

Do you wander or just wonder?
With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life.
I want to inspire you to see life in a different and/or better way.

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ON WONDERFUL ADVENTURES!

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INTRO TO THIS WEEK >>

Charles Dickens once wrote:
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for others.”
I hope my words do that for you.

I’ve been thinking a lot about joy lately, and how it’s so easy to look for it in the wrong places, such as an expensive toy, flamboyant trip, or a “perfect” situation. Joy can be found in the littlest of things. Myself, going through getting hit by two different trucks and other bad things, I have striven to find joy.

Having joy is a constant choice.
Either we chose
to live with joy and happiness,
or we chose
to live with sadness and depression.
Always chose right.

Joy is all around us, we simply need to take the time to discover it and bring it into our life. The following can bring you joy >>
Smile for no reason.
Help someone else because you can.
Buy a meal for someone who is down on their luck.

The joy I have in my new relationship with Beth is fantastic. We are both the age of 63 and like many of the same things. I thought I would live the rest of my life as a solo human traveling the world. Now I can be with the one I love to the end of my days.

In reality, sources of joy are around us all the time; the key is seeing them and giving them the same attention we tend to give our problems and stressors. The main thing about joy is you are the one to make your mind find the joy that is always there.

For many people, the journey to achieve and enjoy joy is ongoing; a constant search. But while deep happiness and satisfaction may take a while to acquire and recognize, felicity also arises in a more spontaneous version: JOY.

Joy is all around us.
Joy feels good.
Joy is happiness.
Joy connects us to life’s everyday richness, and strength to them that iGoGodnvestigate our ability to experience enduring contentment.

Joy is a transient spark and guidepost found in simple and surprising places. Many kinds of small exchanges and little things can make us feel happy, free, lifted, and joyful. If you can make all the little things in your life joyful—that’s what you will have!

A surge of bright joy might fill our hearts when we hear a favorite song, catch a glimpse of a firefly’s ethereal glow, perform that juggling trick we have been working on, taste delicious food, or laugh with a loved one. Noticing and experiencing joy in our daily lives is an enlivening, fun, and illuminating practice.

Some say individual moments of joy are actually the substance of the abiding happiness we seek.

Over time, acknowledging and savoring the joy we find in the little things can help us build a happy, carefree, and full life. It’s up to you—celebrate the simple sources of joy.

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WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU! >>

Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking.

This is why I find them so interesting, challenging, and important on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves.

Inspirational quotes and ideas provide us with a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion.

I hope to inspire you with my words.
Words have power.
At any age, you ca
n (and should) make changes to make your life better.

You see, the way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determines everything that happens in your life. It all derives from your quality of thinking.

When you improve the quality of your thinking, you change the quality of your life—sometimes instantly!

Just as positive words can make someone smile, and/or, a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your own thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control!

In fact, you have complete control over only one thing in the universe — your thinking — and that’s where motivational quotes come in!

To keep your motivation, you have to use each day as an opportunity for improvement, to be better, to get a little bit closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it!

Self-talk is so important—THINK RIGHT!
Motivational words, yes, they’re just words.
But they’re positive words; they will keep you on track.

I hope the words I pick do help you.

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BE INSPIRED BY THESE WORDS>>
QUOTES OF JOY !

“It’s more blessed to give than to receive is not some moral nostrum … but a prescription for authentic joy”—Marc Ian Barasch,

“Happiness is an emotional foundation of our lives, whereas joy ebbs and flows and is dependent on what occurs in our lives”—Will Bowen

“I’m not going to get upset. I’m not going to let people steal my joy”—Joel Osteen

“Friendship will always find joy in unique relationships.”—Martin Murphy.

“Go forth into the busy world and love it. Interest yourself in its life; mingle kindly with its joys and sorrows.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There’s a great joy in my giving. It’s thrilling. It’s exhilarating. It’s important to be a part of sharing—W. Clement Stone.

“Poor food and water for dinner, a bent arm for a pillow—that is where joy resides. For me, wealth and renown without honor are nothing but drifting clouds”—Confucius

“Prayer changes us in ways that we never thought would be possible. When we are unhappy, prayer can lift our hearts and fill it with unspeakable joy.”—Julia Bristol

“The benefits of humor are extraordinary. When there is a fusion of enthusiasm, energy, joy, and hope, a peak experience emerges that most of us identify as a sense of humor.” —Mary Kay Morrison..

“My greatest accomplishment and my greatest pride and joy are my children. They truly are my greatest succe—s. They have inspired me in all aspects of my life.”— Catherine Pulsifer

“Mindfulness is an elevated state of being that enables you to rise above your circumstances and experience a sense of joy. As you experience joy, you attract health, finances, abundance, and a slew of other wonderful things into your life—Yesenia Chavan,

“Perhaps most important, being in a state of joy is a learned skill, not an innate ability.”—Donald Altman.

Joy is a choice based on being content regardless of circumstances—M. Ahlers

“Joy is a choice based on being content regardless of circumstances. Understanding what encourages joy in your life can help you cultivate it and build up your resources for when circumstances are difficult.”—M. Ahlers.

Flowers bring joy where there is sadness, whether in an abundant floral arch or a few stems in a cone of paper. They also smell nice.—Harriet de Winton.

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”—Franklin Roosevelt

“Behind self-confidence is joy, happiness, acceptance, and compassion. But behind arrogance is fear, resentment, and stress.”—Ingrid Lindberg.

“The simple presence of a pet can offer a lightness and a joy, a sense of connection, and an invitation to be uninhibitedly ourselves in a way that is both unique and priceless.” —David Michie.

“To be joyful is a principle. It doesn’t change with emotions. Joy is inner contentment despite all the circumstances.”—Richard Daly.

“Life is box full of surprises so you never know what the next surprise in your way is. People who take life seriously are those people who unfortunately ruined the joy of life by their seriousness and misleading power of thinking.”—David Dashner.

“Live for today, but hold your hands open to tomorrow. Anticipate the future and its changes with joy. “—Barbara Johnson

“Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joy, and dividing our grief.”—Joseph Addison

“Joy can be real only if people look upon their lives as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.”—Leo Tolstoy

“We all have battles to fight. And it’s often in those battles that we are most alive: it’s on the front-lines of our lives that we earn wisdom, create joy, forge friendships, discover happiness, find love, and do purposeful work.”—Eric Greitens,

“Truly living means your days are filled with joy and thanksgiving for the very fact that you are alive. As opposed to constantly going after the next best thing you are going after a new goal to achieve.”—Sandra Leon.

“Being in the outdoors enhances every area of my life and the creative pursuit of photography brings meaning and joy to every day.”—Rachel Lerch.

“But the more you say no to the things that don’t matter, the more you can say yes to the things that do. This will let you live and enjoy your life – the life that you want.”— Ryan Holiday

I am a person of joy, and some people think it’s because I live a perfect life. Ha! Nothing could be further from the truth.—Ellen Miller.

“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.”—Richard Bach

WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS, YOU CAN OVERCOME ANYTHING.
At any age, you can make the change and aim your life anew.
Now, it’s time to get out there and do
something incredible that you can rejoice in!

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MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>

10/15—Just posted this week’s blog. After, Beth and I were traveling to https://www.mettsorganix.farm/
about me possibly selling my salsa there. Suddenly the front/passenger tire blew. We pulled over and I knew what I had to do.

It’s been many years, but I still had the skill to change the tire. I’ve had a few flats, but it was just too easy to call AAA for help, so I did.

It actually went smooth and we were soon on the road again.

10/16—The next day, with Beth’s car, that spare I put on also went bad, but Beth was in town and right near McCormick Tire and Oil. She knows the owner, Matt, from when she used to work at the library, so he took care of her.

10/17—There are many trees and forests in the area which contain many trees. So, that is how we will heat the house this winter. I started gathering up wood for future fires. Quite and easy to collect, the dead wood will heat our house, much. 

As you might know, the cost of heating has gone up more and more, so, this is a great way to save money that would have gone to a heating company.

Currently, we are both on the large front porch working on our laptops. The weather is clear and about 80 degrees f, very nice. Where we are living is kind of out of the way and off track. I like that, with all the changes that are happening in the world I feel safe hidden away here.

10/18—Today we went to the local Farmer’s Market to purchase. Hardly anyone there, hard to see how they can stay in business. The eggs, both duck and chicken, are way above normal store bought eggs.

Beth’s dog, Jemma, has mainly been a house dog and has not gotten out much. I am trying to spur on Beth to open her to more of the world. She loved being out and seeing/experiencing new things.

10/19—Performance day! Again for very young ones. They seemed to really like my juggling and magic. I did not tell them my background and story. I do like performing and want to get back to it.

10/20—I had ordered more copies of my book, “Beyond Your Potential: Accident”. I gave a copy to the UPS guy, Willie, he thanked me. I would like to get more copies out there, do you have a copy yet? This book is packed full of ideas to help you advance in your life.

10/21—Living out here in the country wilderness, every so often we need to get to the big city (Augusta, GA) to go to Costco, Walmart, and Home Depot; today was one of those days.

I moved my site, summerssalsa.com, from the host I had it with, dreamhost.com. I was only paying $17 bucks a year to host, but, free with Google sites, I did the change. Since I no longer have my salsa company after getting hit by that second truck, I like free much better. Have you seen >> https://sites.google.com/site/summerssalsa/

I often awake early and the cats were hungry at 3am, I put some food out for them. There is a family of raccoons who are in the area and like cat food. The cats had eaten some, then the big raccoons showed up.

I kept opening the door to scare them away, then finally brought the tray of food in. I read that raccoons do not like pepper or hot spice, I may put some out to keep them away. Do you have any ideas on this?

10/22—Awoke this morning at my common time, around 2 am. My mind just clicks on and it’s like I have no control over it. I got on my computer to do what I do.

Today I bought an electric chain saw to cut wood for the fire; it is working excellent! I had collected a lot of wood, so it is working out very well. Living in a forest, there is plenty of dead trees and wood to last up many years.

Speaking of wildlife, yesterday Beth saw a large fox skipping by. I was out and didn’t see it, she could not get to her camera in time. Sounds like a great thing to see.

Also, we found another dead baby snake in the yard, yes, the cats like to play with the little worm-like creatures and make the snake a snack. Snakes do their rectilinear locomotion well, have you seen?

I would love to hear from you!
Either through Facebook or email –
kitsummers@gmail.com

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MY CHALLENGE FOR YOU THIS WEEK >>

When I go to write my blog, often, as I am trying to remember what happened in the past week, I cannot remember all. Do you remember details of what you did last week?

This week keep a daily journal of your activities of what you did during the week, like I have in MY DAILY JOTTINGS.

Report back to me what you find.

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We will be going to see Thurmond Lake, another local wilderness area. Take a look >>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJxI0vdnyAs

and we will be going to other local sites. You will find out next week.

Have you searched your area for wilderness area? Get out to nature, the experience will add to your life.

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THIS WEEK, MAKE YOUR LIFE SOMETHING

THAT YOU CAN WRITE ABOUT!

 

 

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