When I was wee little Sherise, my father never called me by my birth name, but rather he always called me Joy. I have fond memories of him telling me that I was his joy and that he loved me dearly. But if I can be honest lately, I haven’t been living up to my name.  I spent a lot of time last year not being joyful. I would allow circumstances to predict my moods, and one day after having an incredibly horrible day, I said to a friend “The Devil Can’t Steal my joy, because I have none for him to steal”. And immediately after the words left my mouth, I felt awful. How could I be this bright and bubble person on the outside but feel so empty and hallow on the inside?  I had allowed all my negative thoughts; moments of insecurity and feelings of worthlessness, suffocate the bright light that once burned so brightly before. I had allowed people’s opinions of me, their negative and stinkin’ thinkin’ take residence in my heart and a result, I felt no joy. I seriously needed a “bottle of act right” or a “attitude adjustment”.

And an adjustment is what I have decided to do. Versus looking at life at “once I get there” mentality, our living by my feelings, or by allowing circumstances to affect my outlook. I decided that just like I decide each morning to wake up and get out of bed and go to work, or how I decide that I’m going to eat 4 cupcakes (hey, don’t judge it happens), then I can decide how I’m going act or react every day. I can make my mind up and say, “you know what, this is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it”. I can already have a game plan in place for when Debbie Downer or Negative Nancy, and her BFF Stressed-Out Susan (seriously guys, I can go on and on with names) tries to pop up in my life. You see it’s all about choices and I’ve decided to enjoy every single moment all the way, even the negative and not so “sunshiney” parts. This year I choose JOY!

 

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