I’m going to make this brief. The past week has been rough for everyone–not only with the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, but also the explosion in Waco, Texas. On top of that, I’ve been dealing with my health issues and I’ve lost my grandfather and two friends in about a month and a half. My friend’s death last week hit me really hard. Everything has felt so heavy at times. And my lack of energy and not feeling that great sometimes makes it worse.
A few days ago, I was talking with my friend Juliana Coles, and we both decided that we really needed to lighten things up, and to have more joy in our lives. And, we couldn’t just wait for it to find us. We needed to purposefully seek it out.
So this morning, when I got up and saw that the sun was finally shining, I decided to go seek out joy. Taking pictures makes me happy, so I combined walking my dog with looking for things to photograph. I also took the self-portrait double exposure above. I love that the double exposure made me covered in flowers!
You cannot struggle to joy. Struggle and joy are not on the same channel. You joy your way to joy. You laugh your way to success. It is through your joy that good things come.
Chances are, you need more joy too. So get out there and look for it! Seeking it out isn’t necessarily an artist date, but it can be. Make a list of things you enjoy, whether it’s by yourself or with other people. Then make plans to do those things. Look at your community calendar, and go do some of the things that seem interesting. I’ve had a bad habit of looking to see what was going on in my community, but not going to the events, including movies that I wanted to see. But I’m going to make an effort now to actually attend things that sound interesting. I’m also going to go work at my arts center. Sure, I’ve got my own studio, but I’m by myself all the time since I work at home. So I’m going to take advantage of having access to the printmaking studio there, and go use the printing presses and be around other artists working.
I’d love to hear your ideas for bring more joy into your life. And, I’d love to hear about your experiences from seeking it out.
Here are my previous Calls to Action.