Friday, December 16, 2011
Bringing you Joy
The end of the year is always busy. All of the various holidays to be celebrated as well as the panic when you realize that the end of the year is nigh and there all these things you meant to do and never did. I've been trying to weed out things....and frankly, after listing tons on eBay, etc., I'm just not in the mood to type.
So, I thought I would share with you things which bring Joy, and you can comment and tell me what brings you joy. In the hustle bustle of the season, the bleakness of this time for many, I think we need to focus on joy, if only for just a few moments. So, while I intend to get to that review I've been planning of Lesley Riley's Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur and Wendy Cotterilll's Lutradur and the New Fibers: Creating Mixed-Media Art with the New Spunbonded Materials (which I have been thinking about since I purchased the book in January), I'm going to take a break and over the next couple of days, interspersed with the usual things I put here, I'm going to share some of these joyful things.
To start with, Janean, one of my wonderful friends I have had since junior high said her joys are helping others and realizing what amazing friends, family and students she has. She's right. While as we go through life, those friends may change, as we ourselves change, there are always those who are truly remarkable and even if that person has touch you for only a little while, thinking back can always bring you joy....and then there's the joy of reconnecting, which the internet is making all the more possible.
Katie, my neice, shared this: Common grace, a perfectly-turned phrase. The way my bunny tips his head up for a scratch on the nose. When my friends get tood news. Cooking dinner with people I love. Travel plans. Maps. The scent of a house with the windows open. Good conversation. Dogfish 90 Minute IPA. Christmas lights. Winter light. That there is something worth being joyful about every single day.
So, leave a comment with your own joys...and I'll bring you more for tomorrow.