As I continue my quest to find joy among the chaos, I realize that sometimes finding that joy is difficult. When you’re forced out of your home due to a fire. When you get a not-so-great report from the doctor. When your business isn’t growing as quickly as you’d like. When your child waits for you halfway across the world. When the streets are filled with litter. When someone else ate the last cookie. I mean it’s *hard* to find joy in those circumstances, right?
It’s then that I realized that being joy is more important than finding it. I’ve noticed that in those times when joy seemed to elude me, I was able to find it by focusing outward instead of focusing inward. Have you ever noticed that? Serving others and finding ways to bless people always seems to end up with us being blessed.
Every morning, Benjamin Franklin began his day by asking himself a question. “What good shall I do this day?” I think that’s a question that we all should be starting our day with. Can you imagine the impact that would have? Can you imagine the difference that would be made? When I was younger, my mama always said that I had a choice: I could be part of the problem or I could be part of the solution. Those words stick with me still today. When I look around and see darkness, I can choose to be the light. I can show up for the people who need me. I can clean up litter. I can mentor a business colleague. I can bake a new batch of cookies. I don’t want to simply be a joy seeker. I want to be a joy bringer, too.
So, friend, what good shall you do this day? I know you and you’re pretty awesome. You can definitely be a joy bringer to someone today. Go ahead and give it a try. I bet you’ll rock it.