Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Life Filled With Joy

I believe that our lives should be all about joy. I mean, how healing would that be? When you are joyful, you can't help but spread it around, and if enough of us are joyful, how can the rest of us resist? Maybe we can form a new political party!

Yesterday I attended a workshop at church called "Awakening Joy In Your Life." It was a wonderful workshop, the presenter was very well-prepared and good at his job, and the information was outstanding and very helpful. We set specific goals of what we could do to awaken joy in our lives, and committed to 30 days of checking in with 2 other workshop participants about our success with these goals. I left at the end of the day feeling I had made many new friends - I was acquainted with some of the people, but felt like I knew everyone much better after our sharing in the workshop.

So here's the down side. Even though I had had a good 8 hours of sleep the night before, there were points during the day that I had real trouble keeping my eyes open, which I attribute to my chronic fatigue. As well, by the time we were getting close to the lunch break, my brain was already beginning to tire out, and not too long after lunch started the thing where the words just go through my brain from one side to the other, sliding off like Teflon. I almost left after the midafternoon break, but instead decided just to stick it out, and I'm glad I did, I had much more of a feeling of finishing things than I would have had I left early.

I got home and was pretty much jello all evening, and today I've slept much of the day, although I was able to go to church. I have notes, and I have a memory of general things we talked about, but nothing, nothing, NOTHING like my old brain used to be.

My big concern in all of this is the Walk to Emmaus in March. Yesterday was a 1-day workshop, basically 6 hours of the presentation. Emmaus is going to be from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon. Am I going to be able to handle it? Oh, I want to go so very much because I feel like it would be really good, but then again I'm unsure if my body could handle it. I'm so confused and just don't know what to do. I guess the best thing to do is to just let it go and know that the right answer will be shown to me at the right time.

So, back to my brain-dead state, talk to you soon. Peace and love to everyone!

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"If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you...I came to live out loud. [Emile Zola.]
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