I haven’t posted here for a while, although that doesn’t mean I haven’t been out there finding joy 🙂
Last night, for example, a friend and I went to a Paint Nite, an event where a group of people spend a couple of hours painting, guided by an artist. We all work on the same picture although we have our own canvases. It was a lot of fun.
I used to paint with watercolours but I’ve never tried other media. We worked with acrylics which, to my delight, are far more forgiving and easy to work with than watercolours!
And here’s my “masterpiece”.
Desert Night ~ by Julie Wise
What matters to me most is that we had fun – no pressure and lots of laughter. Definitely a night to remember!
If you’re open to it, each day is full of surprises and moments of joy. Today, for example, on a bitterly cold winter’s morning, we suddenly noticed a flock of birds flitting back and forth among the trees.
Curious, we took out the binoculars to get a closer look.
Robins, a bird we normally identify with the return of spring, were happily flying about the snow-laden trees.
A surprise that brought a smile, as well as a shake of the head. Did they miss the memo about flying south for the winter?
One of the joys of travel is experiencing new and unexpected delight.
For example, birds that would be considered “exotic” (and only found in zoos in Canada) are commonplace in Australia.
This rainbow lorikeet is one of many that regularly come to the trees and veranda railings asking to be fed. In fact, there is a pair that have become so comfortable with me that they follow me around everywhere I go, landing right beside me, chirring and chatting.
Is it a feeling? How do you know when you’re experiencing it?
For me, joy is often a quiet inner knowing; a feeling that bubbles up from deep within and expands until it bursts out all around me. The whole world seems brighter and lighter in that moment and I feel like I’m being carried on the wind.
Sometimes I experience joy in certain places, or with specific people. Other times, it comes upon me unexpectedly. I find it’s elusive, hard to define, yet unmistakable when it arrives.
What brings you joy?
Flying across the water, wind in the sails … that’s joy!