Choose Joy. Always.

image of joyJoy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” – Henri J. M. Nouwen

Do you do that?
Do you choose joy every day?

Are you living life and choosing to see all the good, even in the times when it is tough? Or are you letting life & all of its worries get the best of you and bring you down?

Perspective is everything, isn’t it?

Life is just so much better when you come from a place of positivity. It helps you to handle what is going on around you and, in turn, you come out feeling more grounded and have a more positive outlook on all things. That small stuff that you used to sweat probably won’t seem as big and it certainly won’t get the best of you. The silver lining will start to show through more and more.

Choosing joy doesn’t mean that you are oblivious to what is going on around you. It doesn’t even mean that bad things won’t be present. Choosing joy means deciding that you will embrace happiness for the sake of your own well-being. After all, happiness is an inside job. Never forget that.

To have joy in your heart, one must know how
to appreciate the small things in life
.”

As I was flipping radio stations the other day (seriously, my car is probably the only one that doesn’t have satellite radio. Poor me, I know.), I heard a DJ say, “This next song will lift you up no matter what is going on in your life”, so naturally I had to keep it on that station.

You know that feeling that you get when you just know you’re going to love a brand new song in the first 5-seconds of it playing? Yep, that was me with this song. The lyrics are amazing. The beat is so fun & makes you want to dance. And it’s just one of those songs that inspires me to want to be better in all ways.

I watched the video for the first time today & love how it was done with the news and the anchors. I am not a news watcher for the fact that there seems to be a constant negative vibe going on all the time & I don’t want to be available to that because I don’t feel that it serves me.

Sometimes we just need a few minutes of letting go to leave all of our troubles behind. To act silly, smile, & have an impromptu dance party in the car!

You are free to think thoughts of worry or joy, and
whatever you choose will attract the same kind back to you.
Worry attracts worry. Joy attracts joy
.”
– Rhonda Byrnes

Like Candace Cameron Bure (such an awesome touch, by the way) says at the end of the video: “While our circumstances haven’t changed, I guess our perspective can.”

joy. lyrics
for KING & COUNTRY

Lately, I’ve been reading, watching the nightly news
Don’t seem to find the rhythm, just wanna sing the blues
Feels like a song that never stops
Feels like it’s never gonna

Gotta get that fire, fire, back in my bones
Before my heart, heart, turns into stone
So somebody please pass the megaphone
I’ll shout it on the count of three
One, two, three

Oh, hear my prayer tonight, I’m singing to the sky
Give me strength to raise my voice, let me testify
Oh, hear my prayer tonight, ’cause this is do or die
The time has come to make a choice

And I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move you, let it move you
Yeah, I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move, let it move you

Yeah-eh, back when I was young, my eyes were full of life
But now that I am older, I live at the speed of light
Feels like the cycle never stops
Feels like it’s never gonna

Gotta get that fire, fire, back in my bones
Before my heart, heart, turns into stone
So somebody please pass the megaphone
I’ll shout it on the count of three
One, two, three

Oh, hear my prayer tonight, I’m singing to the sky
Give me strength to raise my voice, let me testify
Oh, hear my prayer tonight, ’cause this is do or die
The time has come to make a choice

And I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move, let it move you
Yeah, I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move, let it move you

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of night
Oh, with You by my side, I’m stepping into the light
I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move, let it move you

I need that joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart, down in my heart to stay
I need that joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart, down in my heart to stay

And I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move, let it move you
Oh, I choose joy
Let it move you, let it move, let it move you

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of night
Oh, with You by my side, I’m stepping into the light
I choose joy
Go let it move you, go let it move you, go let it move you

I need that joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart, down in my heart to stay
I need that joy, joy, joy, joy
Down in my heart, down in my heart to stay

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