Yesterday was stressful – wrestling with tough decisions, questioning compassion fatigue. In the midst of it all, I was challenged by this question, “What brings you joy, Mac?”
Silence for a second. Have you ever been asked that question? Without giving it much though, I tossed back a quick answer. In my heart I knew it was a cop-out.
Arsenio Hall (dating myself here) used to say, “Things that make you go hmmmm.” For me, it’s a ‘ping’ moment – something hits me, goes deep and keeps surfacing until I find the answer.
As I settled into bed last night, the question surfaced again. By now I’m pretty sure that Papa was the initiator of this query.
Being my usual inquisitive self, I looked up the definition of joy: “The passion or emotion excited by acquisition or expectation of good; pleasurable feelings or emotion caused by success, good fortune, and the life, or by a rational prospect of possessing what we love or desire; gladness; exhilaration of spirits; delight” (Brainyquote.com).
It struck me. Does success, good fortune or possessing what I love or desire bring me joy? Nope. For me, it’s much simpler…
Someone gets ‘it’. A spark. Eyes light up. A ‘shift’ begins to take place.
Teeny birds – soaring eagles!
“I love you Nana.”
Spring buds on trees – tulips poking noses upwards.
Sharing NightShift’s story and somebody leaning forward.
My puppies’ thumping tails as I come through the door.
Running along the water’s edge, wind in my hair, alone with Papa.
Stolen, still moments with Papa.
So, I toss the same question to you today: what brings you joy?