“Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary” – Brene Brown
The first thing I thought about when I read this quote was my darling grandson!
From the moment Ethan was born just two short years ago he has brought constant joy to my life. Now I’m not saying I haven’t felt joy before or after his birth from other areas in my life, but I love the pure, unadulterated feeling of joy that I experience when I’m with him.
Joy: a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
Each week, since he was born, I have spent the day with him and took over minding him one day per week when his Mum and Dad went back to work. What a privilege I feel being able to have this one-on-one time with him and watching him develop from a vulnerable baby to a toddler and my ‘main little man’ as I call him.
Through his eyes I have experienced wonder and yes ‘joy’ to the point where my heart actually sings!
3 ways my grandson helped me find Joy in my life
1. Slow Down
Ethan has also taught me to slow down and appreciate the moment. As a parent, we love our children but unfortunately, life and responsibilities can rob us of time. We want the best for our children and that means working hard to provide a secure, safe and comfortable environment.
The greatest advantage of being a grandparent is having the time to just sit and explore with our grandchildren. My favourite times have been when I hear ‘Nan! Nan!’ and we sit on the step watching a lizard darting in and out of it’s home. Or we watch ants, or play in the garden or lay down and watch the clouds. No rush, no need to be anywhere except the here and now.
There are so many moments in our life where if we took a moment to step back and breathe, we would find joy. That uplifting feeling that can bring so much happiness to our lives.
3. Appreciate your surroundings
Another area I find great joy is nature. A beautiful blue sky can fill me with joy and well-being. The sound of the ocean or the expanse of a mountain range or the delicate beauty of a flower. Yes, it sounds like a cliche but it is true. The beauty of nature can be so powerful, unfortunately sometimes we are too busy to appreciate it.
In my post “Why you need to slow down and live the life you want now” I write about slowing down and appreciating life. I also talk about our priorities and the cost of wanting to provide a comfortable life for our families.
I recently met a fabulous lady, Kimberly Montgomery from Fiftyjewels.com. She is all about happiness and joy and her purpose in life is to help others find their own joy. I asked Kimberly to write a guest post for Sizzling Towards Sixty, How to Find Happiness and I’ve left the link here for you to read.
You are in control of how busy you are – so make time to ‘smell the roses’ and enjoy life – we only get one chance!So let's stop trying to chase down the extraordinary and find joy in the simple things of life.Click To Tweet
Joy is such a small word – only three letters, but it can provide a wealth of happiness if we just take the time to appreciate what lie has to offer.
Let’s Keep Sizzling!