Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Joy

This week I am privileged to host the prompt at the Write Tribe. My prompt is to do a free write. It's quite weird that each time the prompt for a free write turns up, I'm on the letter J of the alphabet!

I had to think a bit about what I should write for the letter J. So many things popped into my head - a song, a quote and then the word Joy screamed out at me.

So Joy it is for the letter J at ABC Wednesday.

I truly believe that our natural state of living is in joy, but sometimes we are overwhelmed by the burdens that we have placed on ourselves and hence have forgotten to be joyful.

So what brings me joy?

Writing of course. It allows me to unleash my creativity and put my dreams and thoughts down on "paper".

Music. Whenever I feel low or things are not going well, music is the one thing that gladdens my heart. Instrumental and devotional music in particular always bring me back to a place of calm and peace.

My children are my strength and joy. I cannot imagine what my life would've been like without them. There's not a day that goes by when I don't thank God for giving me these wonderful gifts.

My job. I actually enjoy what I do immensely. I also enjoy the interactions at work. Don't get me wrong, it's hard work and there's not a moment's respite, my day is full but when you enjoy what you do, it no longer becomes a burden or a chore. Working also brings me joy.

Meditation - about 15 years ago I began my spiritual journey in earnest and I started meditating. It's one of the best things I have ever done. Meditation takes me to a place so wonderful that it's hard to explain in words. If ever my mind is in turmoil, meditation for even a couple of minutes brings me clarity and peace. I highly recommend it.

Walking - not power walking or even brisk walking - that is not walking for exercise, but just to be in communion with nature. To be mindful when I walk and notice everything in my path. So energising.

Photography - this is one of my passions. A camera in my hand is such great joy and looking through old photographs is so much fun and never fails to cheer me up.

So those were some of my joys. Would love to know what brings you joy, so please share yours.

Wish you all a most wonderful and joyful day.

Warm Regards
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Written for 

Write Tribe

Do a free write either as a word purge (just letting your thoughts ramble) or pick a prompt for yourself – a word, phrase, quote, song, book, anything you want to write on and let your fingers fly for 15 minutes.

and the letter J at 



38 comments:

  1. That is indeed a great thing to be happy about!

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  2. Suzy, that post on Write Tribe was very motivating, as is your post here! How hard it is sometimes, we think, to find joy, and yet it stays with us, without us ever even knowing it! Thank you for the post on Write Tribe, and for this calm and serene post, that does bring joy to the reader as well! God Bless!

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    1. Thanks Ushus. Glad you enjoyed the prompt. It's the little things in life that bring us the greatest joy, yet we try to seek it elsewhere. Glad you found joy in my post. That brought me joy too :)

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  3. I find joy in reading, writing and photography. Just like you. Besides, making crafts, doodling also makes me feel joyful.

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  4. Your post made me joyful today- I posted about the same thing.
    Ann

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    1. Glad it did Ann. Great minds think alike!

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  5. Exactly what Ann saya, its your post that made me joyful right now...how sweet!

    Thanks Suzy

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    1. Glad it did Kajal. Joy shared is joy doubled.

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  6. I too love to walk , noticing people and Nature around. Writing is an outlet.

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    1. Hi Kalpana, walking mindfully and enjoying nature brings about a completely different dimension to walking.

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  7. Thats such a sweet post Suzy. Walking gives me joy too. As also children. Btw soul is supposed to be sac chid anand ie ever blissful. :)

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    1. Thanks Bbsearchingself. Yes soul is ever blissful - sat chit ananda. Thanks for dropping by.

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  8. My children and grandchildren bring me joy. Reading and writing, listening to the music I love, singing in the choir and meeting my friends, all those things give me joy!
    Wil, ABCW Team

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    1. Thanks Wil for sharing your lovely joys. Singing brings me joy too as does meeting my friends.

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  9. Music - singing, listening.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  10. Writing, reading, spending time with family, just relaxing without worrying too much about the nitty gritties of my life would make up my list of things that give me joy...

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    1. Good joys Mahabore. Relaxing on holiday sans worry is definitely a joy.

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  11. It would be Reiki, reading, music, blogging, spending time with family and friends for me! :)

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    1. Oh wow Shilpa, I didn't know you do Reiki. It's something I want to learn.

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  12. You live a truly and fulfilling life, Suzy. Add to my list yoga, blogging, reading and music:)

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    1. Thanks Vishal. I try to keep life simple. I agree, yoga is joyful too.

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  13. Almost same as yours Suzy, but sometimes we feel joy without any reasons... maybe that is an indication of some positive force around us. Loved reading your post...

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    1. Thanks Shellymona and so true that sometimes we just feel joy.

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  14. 'Natural state of living is joy' That is so true Suzy...Life IS simple, beautiful and joyous. It is we who burden ourselves with the immense expectations in it should turn out! We should let it be and let the joy unfold! Beautiful post!

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    1. Thanks Aditi. Yes going with the flow makes life so much easier and happier. The moment I understood and let go of the need to control, my life became truly joyful.

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  15. Suzi your post is so sweet. It brought serenity in my mind. I love reading, writing listening to songs from old Hindi movies and like you I meditate. I also like to play cards with my husband.

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    1. Thanks Usha. I also love card games. When I was little I used to play do-teen-panch with my Dadaji and Dadima - and it was one of my most joyful moments and memories. Thanks for taking me back in time.

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  16. Thanks for the challenge, Suzy. Truly, Free Write:)

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    1. You are welcome Vishal. Glad you liked it.

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  17. Some of these are sources of joy for me, too! Like meditation, walking, and photography!

    I wish you a joyFULL weekend, Suzy! Much love and God bless! <3 :-)

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    1. Thanks Irene. Wish you great joy too. Blessings to you sweet friend.

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  18. thank u for bringing in this prompt..... i have not been writing for quite some time, and this prompt got me started.

    i share most of these joys, writing, kids, music... having my parents around is quite joyful for me and my kids too! u have a joy filled weekend too!

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  19. Suzy, your post gave me so much joy! I love music and walking, learning to meditate nowadays :) beautiful post and wonderful topic for this challenge.

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  20. what a joyful post suzy. My family my pets my books and music brings joy & peace of mind...:)

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