Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Mom's Introspective Photo Essay: Choosing Joy

I recently read an article about Actress Anne Hathaway who said she learned to "choose joy" from her mom. That sounds great, but it can be a little difficult to do that when one has a special needs child and life in general seems overwhelming and beyond one's control.

However, with a little effort and some knowledge, it is possible to move away from dark fuzziness and into the light. Sometimes medication is necessary, but a positive attitude and feelings of gratitude also helps immensely. So does a little goofiness. It can be a good feeling to know you are needed. Tapping your internal override button to feel joy may be hard, but it is possible.

A very wise person (my husband) told me that I'll never get the present day back, so I might as well make the best of it. Why feel gloomy all day, every day? Sometimes a little gloom is Ok and appropriate, but when you have a family and people who love and need you it's important to choose joy. Have a happy day today. Take care, jml.
P.S. I am going on a little blogging break. I'll be back on Monday.


Casdok said...

I choose joy too!

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your bloggy break.

I took a picture of myself very similar to your first shot here. We both must spend time in the car wondering what the heck is up with our lives.

Your husband has very good advice!

J said...

To Casdok: Great!! : )

To Marla: I did enjoy my bloggy break. Thanks. I took a little trip to Ohio where my good-advice-giving husband and I are from.

The car can be a good place for pondering things...

Kelly said...

Am feeling very overwhelmed myself lately ... you're right, it's not always easy to choose joy. However, I have 3 children (5, 3, & 1) who need to see a joyful Mommy, at least sometimes. So dammit I MUST choose joy! (Even if it doesn't always choose me!)

J said...

Kelly: Yes, it's definitely easier to feel overwhelmed than it is to choose joy espcially while raising multiple young children. However, as you said, you have at least three wonderful reasons to choose joy. Best wishes to you. --jml.