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Just Joy
June 24, 2021

One of my core beliefs is–energetically speaking–what I send out, I get back.

Another core belief of mine is, we’re all here to experience and share joy. To make the world a better place. Uplift. Love.

Last week, it dawned on me that, while I’m certainly having joyful experiences, something felt off. I wasn’t “in joy.”  I decided to investigate, beginning by making a random list. Notice the catchy title.

Things that are Giving Me Joy Right Now

Summer sunshine

Early morning walks

Evening walks when the neighbors are out on their porches

Ten thousand + steps per day

Visits with kids and the grands

Our back patio

Journaling

Caprese Salad with tomatoes from David’s stand on Madison Avenue, drizzled with fresh, basil pesto

Date night at LaTrattoria

Library visits with Lily

Netflix’s Offspring

The board game, Splendor

The podcast Double Date with Marlo Thomas and Phil Donohue

Seeing my old teaching buddies at a high school graduation party

New bras (finally drug my sorry butt to Von Maur)

When Democrats and Republicans actually work together.

As I focus upon joyful things, sure enough, I feel more joy. It’s good to be healthy and alive. It’s good to be in my Indiana back yard. It’s good to be open to planning future travels. It’s good to acknowledge how difficult the past year and a half has been and to have compassion for myself and others. As I go forward, experiencing that old, familiar excitement about upcoming adventures, I’m determined to allow the full experience of what I’m feeling right here. Right now. To be kinder to myself and others. And to the best this human is able, may I spread a little joy.

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  1. As always, your writings inspire me as I relate to your life experiences.
    Thank you for sharing🥰

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Debi Dixon

Debi Dixon

The Universe is guiding me on an incredible adventure: my Plan B. I write here to share bits of my Odyssey, hopefully to inspire, encourage, or extend the virtual hand of friendship.

When I quit teaching in 2014, I could never have imagined the growth I would experience through travel, writing, reading, therapy, and introspection.

I believe human connection and compassion will go a long way toward our healing, and the best way to connect and feel compassion for one another is through the sharing of our stories.

Thank you for joining me here. I appreciate you and may we grow together.

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“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.”
~Joseph Campbell

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