Monday, January 11, 2010
Visions of Joy
"A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more." - Rosabeth M. Kanter
"Finding Angela Shelton" - Day Twenty-two...
I did Day 22's task yesterday, but due to the snow, snow and more snow, I've had some issues getting here to post about it. This morning, Hubby and I woke up to find our pipes frozen and I'm a little worn out, but I'm moving right along on the joy journey.
I was instructed to complete a piece of art for this task... something that reflects what my life will look like when it's "away from pain and suffering" and full of joy. I chose to do this by making a collage from magazine clippings and personal photos, etc. The collage is very personal to me and I've decided to keep this one to myself... I know, I know... everything else I've done has been so transparent, but this is one piece of the puzzle I'd like to keep under wraps for now. I might reveal it later on in the blogs. Who knows?
Something I noticed while I was making my collage: looking at the things I chose to represent my joyful future was relaxing, inspiring, and exciting all at the same time. Knowing that I am moving toward the realization of those depictions and descriptions of unadulterated joy and happiness just did something for my soul. Even if you're not actually taking the joy journey right now, I would love to challenge you to try this exercise and see how it makes you feel. It left me with a sense of hope and a renewed sense of purpose. It left me with joy. Imagine that!
Today as I'm doing the dishes, folding the laundry and keeping the kids occupied while they whine themselves into a frenzy about dealing with another snow day, I'll have my "joy collage" nearby... and when things start to feel a little overwhelming, I'll close my eyes, take a deep breath and smile... because I know that as long as I keep making the choice to heal, there's no WAY that joyous future will elude me. In many ways, I'm already there.