Joy is a choice that starts within. While happiness may fluctuate depending on the circumstances around us, joy is the core ability within us. Like gratitude, joy is a practice and a lifestyle choice. And as a practice I will admit that some days are much easier than others. I am by no means the expert, but I am choosing the path and doing my best.
I'm grateful today to choose joy. I'm grateful to choose laughter. I'm grateful to shrug off the things I cannot change and just take each task one at a time. I'm grateful for another good night's sleep and to start this day surrounded by love. I'm grateful for my sweet dogs that greeted me when I first woke this morning with kisses and wagging tails. I'm grateful for the soothing and overcast sky. And I'm grateful for this blog that helps remind me each morning to choose gratitude and joy.
What will you choose today? How can you choose joy as your focus, no matter what else is going on? What are you grateful for today? May your day and weekend be blessed with joy. May you find gratitude in each situation. And may you feel the love of those around you washing over you. Have a beautiful day and weekend!