Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I'm just here for the joy!


Sometimes, I get concerned about what I should be doing, what others think I should be doing, and what some need of me. I wonder what is important in my creative life.

The days of our lives seem to pass so quickly, and maybe I am not where I thought I would be. In our new world of virtual expression, the pace is fast, and the multitudes of ideas and creativity flow free and rush by me taking my breath away.

Sometimes...I am afraid it will pass me by. I have thoughts like "I should do this, I better do that or else....I'm not good enough....It's too late for me."

And maybe these thoughts only last a few moments.

It is then that I slow down and take stock of where I am, how I am feeling and where I truly want to go.

So I ask myself these questions:
What is it that I am feeling right now? What is it that I am wanting to feel? What can I see myself doing that feels like that?

If I am open and sitting quietly, my answers may come quietly, quickly, slowly, assuredly or even loud and clear.....but they always come.

And believe it or not, the answer is always the same.

"Do what you love!" "Follow the joy!"
These answers are not new, I have heard them before, but each time I really feel them.
And again I am reminded today, that JOY is my compass. There is no reason to be concerned as long as I step out in the direction of joy.

Every single moment of each day contains joy. I have lived in painful circumstances and happy circumstances (sometimes both together!), and I know, that I can find beauty and joy in any circumstance as well as gratitude for life and opportunity.

I love life, I love the opportunities I have every day to dream and create. I am so thank full to be aware and alive.

So I will listen to my inner voice and know that
I'm just here for the joy!

Hugs to you all,
Terri

114 comments:

peggy gatto said...

How wise you are!
I just learned this a few years ago!
hope younger readers heed your outlook!!!

PeggyR said...

What a beautiful post! I love coming to your blog.

GrannySue said...

I have been convinced for a very long time now that my 'job' as a human is to give, spread and encourage joy. I'm not sure when I decided that, but it has helped me make many decisions along the way. Follow joy and run like the wind away from anything or anyone not joyful.

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

what a touching, heartfelt and open post! i enjoyed diving into your thought process...and just to let you know...i feel the same way.
you have written out my thoughts!

follow your own path of creative bliss..that's what i say!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Terri,

When I read the first two paragraphs, OMG, I can TOTALLY relate to this.

You took the words right out of my mouth!

I am going to follow the JOY!

Thank you for such a wonderful post!

xxoo

debi said...

AMEN!

I needed that this week, thanks for the reminder!

Shelly Hickox said...

Just what I needed to read today! Thanks so much for sharing this.

Jacoba said...

Hi Terri,

It is so important to follow your heart, your intuition. You are very talented and creative. Your creativity is the real you. For us it is wonderful to be able to share your creativity.
Blogland and internet is a fast place. Take your own time, we will find you anyhow!
Have a wonderful day!
Jacoba

Kiki said...

Hi Terri..Yay..Shine On!!! Your joyful heart is quite beautiful...thanks for sharing it..and keep creatin with your JOY!
Kiki~

Johanna said...

Terri, you are absolutely right on your way.
Greetings, Johanna

Createology said...

Terri you are inspiration and you are JOY! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and wisdom. Happy Joy...

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Thank you for such a wonderful post.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

jane maday said...

What a lovely post. I am glad I found your blog! Thanks for visiting mine on Teacup Tuesday. I'm already thinking about which cup to post next week!
Jane

Kim said...

A beautiful post and oh so true...thanks so much for the reminder! Hugs!

Jan said...

Yes, yes, yes! You said it perfectly. Life is too short and as we get older (and wiser) that we realize what is important in our short lives here on planet Earth.
Make yourself happy ~ only you can. See the flowers and the sky. Feel the soft grass. Smell and taste. And know that the JOY you get is from inside!
You are a joyful gift, Terri and I'm SO glad know you.
Hugs,
Jan

Debby said...

Hi Terri, this is a fabulous post and so true!!!!
Debby

AshTreeCottage said...

Hi Terri! I agree with you. Each of us has something special to offer. Our Lord believes in us even when we don't believe in ourselves. Just let your light shine each day and never be discouraged! You are doing that by giving readers a warm and welcoming place to visit.

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Rella said...

I love this post, Terri....I'm here for the joy!! perfect.

Hugs xox Rella

Ginger said...

Terri, beautiful post and I think it something each of us think about, I know I do. Is it too late to do that?....is one of my haunting voices, but then I remember, I can do anything I enjoy doing. Thank you for your wise words.

Hugs
Ginger

Rita said...

Dear Terri,
I missed the tea cup tuesday appointmnt this week but I'm so glad and feel so much blessed to have come over today to read your wise, inspiring, heartfelt post. thank you from the bottom of my heart. you put down into words what I truly needed to hear.
hugs
rita

Chriss Rollins said...

A beautiful post... it gave me a shake I need.

Mmmmm your pudding looks yummy and your tea cups are really gorgeous.

take care Terri

chriss x

Marlynn said...

Happy day to you girlfried! Live life largely and with zest - which you do. Hugs,

Pam said...

Thanks Terri, I need that.
~pam

Mrs. Staggs said...

I think, that you are wise to realize that sometimes, we just need to sit still and reflect to find our center. Sometimes, I step away from my blog completely, because it overwhelms me.

My sister once told me that she notices that I seem to be so much more peaceful and happier when I'm making things. It's interesting isn't it, how we find joy in that. I wonder why. Is it simply the expressing outwardly, that does that, or is it more?

xo
Lena

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