Days 24-30: 100 Moments of Joy

I have not done the best job with my “100 Moments of Joy” project this past week.  While I haven’t been good at recording moments of joy, I have definitely recognized joy more in my life. I am grateful for the prompting I had to record moments of joy for 100 days, because while I am not perfect at it, I have felt an internal shift in my outlook on life.

One experience of joy has remained with me for a few days. It was a simple experience, but filled my heart with joy. John went out of town for one day this week. I took him to the airport on my way to work in the morning, and I picked him up that night. His flight was delayed coming home, which gave me more time to myself. I decided to take that time and read in the scriptures. As I read, my heart was filled with joy and a great appreciation for the blessings in my life.

It’s so easy for me to get frustrated by the little things that go wrong in the week (e.g. a miscommunication with the company who was supposed to repair the crack in our car windshield or a mix-up with a prescription at the local pharmacy that took an hour to resolve.) Not only do I get frustrated by these things, but then I get frustrated with myself for getting frustrated because I logically realize these are not “big deal” issues.

I am grateful for the joy that filled my heart while I was reading the scriptures on a quiet night this past week.  My perspective shifted as I read and joy filled my soul and impressed upon me the need to cultivate a more grateful heart.

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