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2006: Issue 25

Led by JOY

I had a myriad of themes rolling around in my mind as I pondered what I wanted to write about today. Partly prompted by the conference I recently attended, partly by the holiday season, or the end of the year, etc….I was beginning to find myself in the state I now refer to as “mucky mind”, and feeling the subtle agitation that accompanies it. Perhaps you can relate. 

And then my daily note from the universe came over my email, and said simply, “Be led by joy, Janet.  It’s the whole point.”  With JOY being one of the themes I was contemplating, I now knew that is what I would proceed with and was also reminded again how much I enjoy these daily inspiring, totally fun messages that you too can receive simply by going to www.tut.com and signing up.

JOY.  A simple three letter word that holds such richness. Defined by Websters as “the emotion of great happiness” or “something or someone that provides pleasure; a source of happiness”.  The word is entrenched in our holiday vocabulary, often included in Christmas card greetings, read and heard in the season’s scripture, and sang in many holiday songs……and then it is as if we put it away with all our holiday decorations, to be unpacked, dusted off, and put back into use again next year.

What is JOY? Truth is, it means different things to different people, and it even changes within ourselves depending on where we are in life. In its richness, it is elusive – to reach, to feel and to define. That is perhaps the paradox of the simplicity of the word. 

What can we do to keep JOY  part of our every day vernacular? Imagine what our world would be like if  JOY was all around us. I recognize many believe what I think is possible is really being overly optimistic; however dreaming and envisioning the “impossible” is one of the steps necessary to making anything so.  

Some of us remember Three Dog Night’s Joy to the World:  “Joy to the world, all the boys and girls. Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea, joy to you and me.”  That song made the word JOY part of our daily vocabulary. We turned the dial up, and sang along – the words were easy, the phrase catchy, the tune invigorating.  My guess is your mind is playing it now, perhaps with your feet tapping or hands clapping. 

During 2006, I strategically placed the word JOY around me, where my eye would catch it, sometimes at a glance, sometimes giving it intentional thought. I had chosen it as one of my year’s yearnings, seeking the energy, peace of mind, and great happiness that the word represents. While attempting to define it for me, I consciously sought more JOY in my life, and will continue to do so in 2007. Why?  Because I now know the benefit, and also know, I have just begun the journey.

As you gather with family and friends during the holiday season, concentrate on the JOY this brings in your life. Resist the tendency to let the hustle and bustle that accompanies this time of year side track you from enjoying the JOYs of the season, whatever they may be for you.

What would living a JOY-filled life look like for you? 

What does JOY mean to you? To your family? To your spouse?

How would your day be different if everyone around you sought the richness of JOY?

What can you do to bring more JOY into the lives of those around you? 

Founded in 2003 and based in Roanoke, Virginia, Extra Ordinary Living works with individuals, organizations and teams to identify possibilities, create opportunities, remove obstacles and through deliberate action, optimize results.

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– Joseph Campbell

Janet Crawford, MHA, MBA
Professional Certified Coach

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“I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!"
– Louise Bogan

"Joy is prayer - Joy is strength - Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls."
– Mother Teresa

"Joy is not in things; it is in us."
– Richard Wagner


Wishing you the JOYs of the season throughout the year,

– Janet, David, Cindy & Beverly