Here is what people don’t tell you about new beginnings: sometimes they’re hard. Like, a blizzard while your husband is gone and you’ve been in the south for seven years and aren’t used to snow- hard. It can be hard to find joy and it can be scary. However, here’s a lesser known fact about joy: you have to choose it, not find it. Don’t be fooled though; choosing joy isn’t always as easy at it sounds.
It’s hard to choose joy when your husband is working and your ceiling starts to leak. It’s hard to choose joy when your daughter just wants to go back to whats “normal”. It’s hard to choose joy when you’re dictated by an unpredictable schedule. It’s hard to choose joy when you’ve suddenly lost your tribe and you’re feeling alone.
In moments like these you have two choices: you can wallow in self pity or you can choose joy in the situation. AFTER wallowing in self pity, I decided it was time to choose joy. (hey! I didn’t want to take the shortcut and miss out on learning the lesson here!) I’m glad I made that choice because while I was sitting here wondering why my life suddenly seemed flipped upside-down, God was working. He was finding me a new tribe (applications still being accepted!), giving our daughter peace at her new school and working on even bigger things than we had imagined.
Sometimes all it takes is a kind word or a box full of chocolates on your doorstep to turn your outlook around and today I want to encourage you to do something to make it easier for someone else to choose joy. For me, I just needed to know that I had people who were willing to show up for me. I needed to feel less alone. What can you do today that could be the bright spot in someone’s day? It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture but I encourage you to find something that you can do. Even the smallest something can make the biggest difference.
I’m now on a mission to choose joy daily and make the most of this beautiful beginning. My seat belt is fastened and I’m ready to go. After all, a wise woman once said that life is either a great adventure or nothing. I don’t know about you, but I choose adventure!