In life it’s really the little things that bring us the most joy.  It’s not the big things at all like one would think.  It’s not the big house, the expensive car or the vacation to an exotic island.  Instead, it’s the smile on your child’s face when they excitedly show you the artwork they created.  It’s the supportive text from a dear friend that comes right at the exact time it’s needed with the exact words that are needed.  It’s having your husband tell you he still looks forward to coming home because of you, even after 30 years together.  It’s having your dog get excited when you come in the door, even if you were only gone for an hour.  In the madness of our everyday life we must stop and appreciate those little things despite all the craziness going on around us.  We must find joy amidst the chaos. 

In this fast paced world we live in it isn’t easy to stop and notice the joy around us. Too often we are focused on the negative and we fail to recognize the positive. When we only see the negative we are denying ourselves the opportunity to feel the joy.  We’re so zeroed in on the bad stuff that the good stuff falls between the cracks. We must slow down, take a breath and look for the joy in our life.  When we do see the positive and joy in our life we open ourselves up to more of the same.

If we are only looking at the negative that’s all we are ever going to see.  In doing so we blind ourselves to the good that’s happening right in front of our eyes. There is so much goodness out there but we have to learn to recognize it.  Sometimes it’s hidden but if we look hard enough we will find it.  Sometimes it’s buried down deep because we’ve piled so much negative on top of it.  That’s when you have to dig your way out to find it but it IS there.  You may have to dig for a while but you can find it if you keep going.

I blinded myself to the joy many times in my life.  It makes me sad to think of all the times I didn’t see the joy but instead saw only the negative.  Sometimes I wish I could go back and change things but then if I did I wouldn’t be who I am today.  I just have to accept the fact that that’s who I USED to be, not who I am NOW.  Who I am now is someone who does notice the little things in life and does see the joy.  I not only see the joy, I FEEL it.  It’s a relatively new feeling for me but it’s one I have quickly become accustomed to.  I look for the silver lining in things now where I never did before.  I was so focused on the black clouds previously that I was unable to see any silver lining anywhere, even when it was right in front of me. In seeing those silver linings I have learned to find joy amidst the chaos.