The Ponder Effect | Where is your joy to be found?
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Where is your joy to be found?

The time has finally come. I am in my happy place up north and am signing off for the summer. I am taking this question with me: Where is my joy to be found? I hope you will take it with you, too.

I know summer isn’t a season we necessarily associate with contemplative thought. It’s a time more dedicated to playing than pondering. And yet, in so many ways, the slower pace, the change of scenery, the break from routine, the longer days and later nights—these circumstances form a time perfectly ripe for pondering. Pondering, at its truest, is not an onerous task. It’s a delicately calibrated dance of mindfulness and mindlessness: that perfect state of thinking on a cellular level, down deep where the insights are.

Stare into the campfire.
Linger along the water.  
Study the bumblebee.
Read on the porch.
Roll down the hill.
Laugh with loved ones.
Saturate yourself in summer.
And keep pondering over and over: where is my joy to be found? It’s a question with a million answers and more—if we let it be.

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4 Ponderings
  • Anonymous

    June 30, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    My deepest joy comes from family and friends and time with them. They connect me to my past and help me to see the future through them.

    I also relish my professional life. I love thinking that maybe I am doing good in the world or some small part of it. I live and pray I die pursuing my life goal — making the world better than I found it.

    Thank you for asking important questions.

    Best wishes for a fun and restorative summer!

  • Anonymous

    June 30, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Time to make a list, so often it is easy to take the joyful moments for granted and to focus on the irritations and aggravations.
    1. Watching baseball
    2. Time with the grandchildren
    3. Hershey’s Kisses
    4. A sweet old dog pressing up against my leg
    5. Engrossing books
    6. The beach
    To be continued…..

  • Anonymous

    June 30, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Making anyone laugh – whether it is a baby you play peep pie with, an elderly person you make feel young again or a perfect stranger you are on a elevator with or standing in line behind. I feel closest to my husband when I can make him laugh after a terrible day at his job. There is no tragedy in life that can not be made more joyful with laughter. In fact, some of my biggest laughs have been at wakes or funerals recounting things about the deceased that made us all laugh. That is how I want to be remembered – with a party where everyone tells stories about the funny things I did in my life. (Frankly, I am counting on it making me one of the most interesting people in the home!) Since I am going to be cremated, I have told my husbnd to give a huge party and ask everyone to bring one story about me that really made them laugh. I will be in heaven, hoping that I hear laughter coming from my funeral service and nothing more. That is a life well led!

  • Anonymous

    July 2, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Joy is connecting with people through experiences or conversation, being outdoors, creating. The older I get, the more I hone in on where, when, and how this joy occurs. These items are broad enough to give me the variability I need for joy but are also based on knowledge from the past.