Some days, it is so damn hard to focus on the joy.
Monkey brain greeted me this morning.
Hate that. Hate that. Hate that.
When I spoke to my mom, she reminded me that random acts of kindness are a great way to chase the negative thoughts away.
I also remembered that returning to that attitude of gratitude helps a great deal too.
It seems that staying in a joyful place is going to be work today.
But I am so grateful for the tools.
Kitty cat snuggles.
Finding beauty all around you like :
Johnny Jump Ups !
(What a great name for a flower so cute !)
and African Daisies.
All on my very own front porch !
Or finding beauty in my own studio
and my own creations…
that slowly got filled in
and the sweet spots
when I took time be let my mind quiet and my Artist Self take over for a while.
(Art journal page, Pitt artist pen doodle drawing, filled in with some shading from a Pro Art Water Soluble Sketching pencil and a blending brush, Twinkling H2O watercolors, a white gel pen and Lettraset Pro Markers.)
An inspirational quote that resonates deeply with me
that landed in my inbox
from Christine Mason Miller’s newsletter
When it's over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was a bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it's over, I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life
something particular, and real.
I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened
or full of argument.
I don't want to end up simply having visited this world.
~ Mary Oliver ~
Excerpt from When Death Comes
Put onto a colorful page with a dip pen and some magenta ink
documenting a “particular” and “real” bit of my Self in every mark.
The tools to finding joy are so abundant.
Just have to remember to pick them up and use them, right ?
May the joy come easily to you today, Beautiful Ones !
Big Love !
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