This blog has a lot to do with the ways in which I enjoy the release of writing; the ways in which I find joy. And still, this blog is even more about what I hope for YOU! So, let’s discuss that today. I would love your help in getting a greater sense of how I can continue to guide, inspire, and grow our joy together (question for your response at the end)!
I Hope You Dance
Recorded in 1999 and released in 2000, the song “I Hope You Dance” has always been one of my favorites:
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.– Lee Ann Womack, I Hope You Dance
It’s a song of hope and motivation about faith and hope through adversity. In some of my darker moments of illness, I was able to remind myself through music, as well as through my own strength, not to always “sit it out”, but to “dance”. I knew, as I still know now, that I couldn’t always get up and push through the pain.
That, however, is where joy came in. It let me know that even when laid up in bed and unable to do much, I had in my control the ways in which I decided to fight/react to this horrible feeling; this pain. In reading my blog or any other way of finding my content, I hope that you are able to see this in yourself; seeing that your reaction, your love for yourself, finding peace, can get you through some of the darkest moments in life… I’d love to be a guide toward that.
I Hope You Activate Your Joy
In so many situations of loss – loved ones passing, chronic illness, being let go from a job, and much more – we tend to see an end, a dark precipice where there is only one option. What I hope in finding some of my content – stories of my own life and also some guidance for your own – is that you then happen to notice that light that is just within your reach, if only you would stretch a little to turn it on, then step away from the ledge and into your next chapter; your actual destiny.
Joy is about loving, forgiving, peacemaking and keeping, gratitude, and even motivation beside fear. It all works toward the activation of your joy; letting you know that inward joy then extended outward is what leads to your success in life, in whatever way you choose to define it; with passion. I am so excited to guide others on that journey of self-empowerment and fortitude.
I Hope You Understand
I so hope that you can understand something: YOU are amazing, you are able, and you are not alone. Whether it be my full attention and guidance, or simply reading my words – or hearing my thoughts out loud – I want you to get something from me. I want you to notice the goodness inside that is cultivated and getting stronger with each moment you come to realize more and more of your joy.
I love you and am grateful for you, and so I ask the following:
What can I do for you?? I love writing to you – even though I have my own hard times that have kept me away for longer periods than I had hoped. I have begun an April Shower of Joy Series sent straight to your inbox, which you can still subscribe to right here! I am so grateful to be a part of a few speaking opportunities, such as with Mr. Jerome Hurt of BuyBlack4Life, which you can watch here or below! I have been consulting on non-profits and had so many joyful opportunities to work with joyful community-needed projects, which you can learn more about for yourself by scheduling a call with me OR contacting me.
I say all of this because in some ways I want to do a bit more. I would love to get more of a sense of what else I can do with my content. The point of this blog and what I teach on joy is to inspire and to guide towards and with joy. What specific topics would you like to see me write about; whether to email subscribers or here on this blog site? If you do not feel comfortable commenting, please do respond through email, which you can find on this contact page.
Thank you for your readership and for opening yourself to joy!! Until next time…