Wake Up Call! – Joy!


A life marked by joy is a choice

Amidst the holiday hustle and bustle in a mall I stopped in my tracks to watch two children laughing and talking about their visit with Santa. As I left a store carrying a bulky gift a young couple held open two doors for me and said “Hope your holiday is filled with joy!” Not what I’d expected!

As I walked to my car I thought, “It really is a choice to experience the joy of life or be a curmudgeon.”

As if to underscore that thought an intense, angry looking driver cut me off in the parking lot while a pedestrian in the parking lot gave the finger to a passing driver. I wondered where all that negative joyless energy would lead them.

Instead I chose to focus on the small unexpected moments of joy I’d encountered. At home that night my playful nephews reminded me that being present to the joy is a choice each day. What joy will you or I welcome and be present to today?


  • Be aware and present to joy today
  • Give thanks for the spirit of joy found in you and others.

Notice how the choice to be present to the joy each day offers is a gift.

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Written by Robert Taylor