And it sure feels like it.
We all have days like this, when the joy gets eclipsed by everything else that isn't joy. Nothing big. Nothing important. Little things that are irritating. Or annoying. Or frustrating.
But the joy and beauty are still here.
The other day I read something that was a good reminder of this. I don't remember where I read it, but it went something like this: even on cloudy days the sun is still shining -- we just can't see it because the clouds are in the way.
Although we don't have any control over the literal clouds in the sky, we can control our reactions and perceptions. When all the other stuff clouds our view of life's beauty and joy we can pause and look for the beauty and joy.
I started Joy List Monday for just this reason. Some weeks I don't need it as much as others.
This is one of the others.
Joy List Monday:
a weekly ritual
a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day
- Stopping to watch a robin in the birch tree in the back yard and taking time to listen to his singing
- A fun outing with my parents
- Getting my studio organized
- Seeing more of the photos from the Handmade Joy Exchange
- Lying on the sofa covered with cats
- Working on my first assignment for MATS Assignment Bootcamp
- Homemade pizza (made for me by my sweetie)
- The first day of spring
- Noticing pansy flowers emerging from the melting snow
- My birthday coming this week (and plans for taking the day off)
I hope your week is filled with joy.