J is for...
I am, by nature, somewhat of a pessimist. Actually, strike that "somewhat" :) In fact, a friend once bought me this mug, which fits me to a tee - and I love that mug and use it for my morning coffee almost every day.
However, pessimism can lead to a worldview that is the opposite of rose-coloured glasses, and I realized a number of years ago that happiness is something that I have to work at. So, I set myself a task - to find at least one point of joy in every day.
The sight of yellow elm leaves against a clear bluer-than-blue Saskatoon autumn sky.
The way Kip's tail wags when I laugh.
The sound of the waves on the beach on a quiet summer's night.
The colour of the sunrise on my drive into work.
The taste of a fresh, sun-warmed tomato, of the first corn of the season, of the newly-picked fall apples.
The warmth of Katy snuggled against me on a cold winter's night.
The sight of Orion in the winter sky.
The quiet that comes after a big snowfall.
These are all normal, everyday things. They aren't the "big" things - winning the lottery, or getting that dream job, or a $300 purse, a perfect home, a big-screen TV. They are things that are free, that are always there, but only if we choose to see them.
I choose to see them.
In fact, I seek them out, on a daily basis.
J is for joy, and it is all around us - we just need to recognize what it really is.