November was dedicated to Thankfulness, and now December is dedicated, mostly, to Joy.
There are several types of Joy.
There’s Joy in your Spirit, in knowing you have a Creator that loves you beyond measure.
Joy in daily living, perhaps the “fun factor”, sort of like happiness, and laughter.
And also Joy in being unselfish, in serving others.
Finally, I believe there is Joy in knowing you are living your best life, with a moral integrity that leaves you humbled by what you’ve overcome.
It’s a Joy, to dedicate December to the concept of Joy. You may have a different perspective on Joy. The fact that we are free to express, and think for, ourselves should bring us Joy.
One thing for sure, I’m especially thankful for Mid Life Joy! 🙂
“There is only one success – to be able to spend life in your own way”. — Christopher Morley
Agree to disagree? Good. Because I’m going to do both here.
Sure, it’d be great to do whatever it is you want to do, when you want to do it. And yet, it sounds a bit self-centered to my ear.
What abut sacrifice and service to others less fortunate? Ask Mother Teresa her opinion on Christopher Morley’s quote. Ask Jesus, or Abe Lincoln, or Martin Luther King.
Ask a mother, a father, a school teacher, a doctor or a nurse. Ask a street sweeper, or a cook.
We all should consider where we stand on this issue. And if we like our answer, awesome. If we don’t…..
Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture. In ten days, one year will have passed since Randy left our earthly world for his next journey, perhaps a heavenly world.
We will probably start to see news media marking this anniversary. In advance of this, I’d like to share his original You Tube Last Lecture.
Randy Pausch’s story inspired me, and I’m an already inspired kind of guy. And not only me, but millions of others, to recapture some excitement, and commitment, to our childhood dreams.
What did it for me was his attitude towards awful news – “You have three to six months to live”.
Whether you are unfamiliar with his story, or know it well, I challenge you to view The Last Lecture this weekend.
We can all be thankful he gave such an inspiring Last Lecture, although I’m sorry he had to.
Living with regret must be a painful exit from this world. Do something, now, while you still can. Follow a childhood dream to completion. Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂