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Jennie's Journey

Joy is a matter of attitude

We all have our days where we feel run down and tired. I know I have had a few of those days myself.

What we choose to do on those days is a matter of who we are at heart, often times.

I give myself time to "vent." I vent my low feelings in a journal or a blog or sometimes to a friend whom I know will be okay with it because they can vent to me on their low days.

Then, I take a break. I recollect myself and try to do my best in becoming a more joyful person.

This is not always easy. But, I don't always have the luxury of stewing over whatever has me so low.

I have to remind myself that there are others out there, who are having a worse day than I might be. I have to remind myself there are many people who would not like for me to share my mood.

Thinking about the pure joy in a child's face over the simplest things in life can often inspire me to smile, too. Children have an abundant joy that, as an adult, we often allow ourselves to forget.

This week, I had a couple of days where I may not have been my usual "chipper" self. I had a bad morning ... my allergies were acting up ... I was just plain emotional ... I had an argument with someone.

Well, after getting through a bad morning, I took time out for myself at lunch, regrouped and returned with a better attitude.

I enjoyed that meal, enjoyed seeing my child and I visited with a couple of other usually cheerful people. I read some scripture, which helps me. And, when my lunchtime was over, I was feeling more like myself.

Another thing that sometimes helps is a good hug from someone who is caring enough to share a hug.

Those are magical.

But, most of all, I CHOSE to let the somber feelings go. I CHOSE to "put on a happy face."

I wanted to be someone else's shoulder to lean on or reason to smile.

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