February Feelings – Joyful
Twelve days into blogging about random feelings! Thanks for tuning in! I notice readers are clicking through my link to Nonviolent Communication Resources, and onto the GROK The World site. This is a good time to disclose that these are not sponsored posts, and I’m not doing them to make money, but I will receive a tiny commission if you buy GROK cards through the link at the end of this page. Ok, that said, on to today’s feeling-
The dictionary defines joyful as feeling, causing, or showing great happiness. Joyful might show up in the body like bubbles that burst in laughter and shouts, a giggle, wiggle, or dance. A song! A smile! And alongside the beauty? There may be discomfort. Oh yes, I will take it there! Joy isn’t always a welcome feeling. It can be downright frightening! Joy is vulnerable. It requires an openness akin to standing on a ledge, frailty like wind on your face.
Brené Brown asks these questions when she speaks of joy- have you ever stood over a sleeping child and felt joyful? In the next moments, did you imagine something horrible happening, causing you to lose them? Dr. Brown calls that foreboding joy. It’s a defense mechanism that kicks in when our joy clashes with our perception of scarcity.
It takes courage to lean into joy, to let beauty pierce you, to tip your head back and laugh. This is my joyful mantra-
I’m joyful! I’m grateful! I’m leaning in!
Here’s a link to a previous post on joy, with a note that my beloved birdbath broke in half earlier this winter.