In Others’ Words: Joy

Beth Vogt Life, Quotes, Reality 29 Comments

“Joy is the best makeup.” ~Anne Lamott, novelist & nonfiction writer

Sometimes I don’t want to look in the mirror.

Well, really, sometimes I look too closely in the mirror and I get all uptight about this wrinkle and that wrinkle and that one there! and there! and there!

Sheesh. I’m surprised I don’t go running through the house with a hammer and break all the mirrors.

But the angst doesn’t last all that long because I’ve found a fool-proof way to hide wrinkles: I smile at my reflection. And then I remember that I have lots of reasons to smile. If I stop staring at all my imperfections and give myself a smile and a wave — and then walk away from that silly mirror — I see so, so many reasons for joy.

  • The silly otter faces (yes, otter faces!) smiling at from the card I keep on my desk. A friend sent it to me because she knows how much I love otters.
  • The digital picture frame I treated myself to (yep, I sure did!) that holds hundreds of memories that make me smile, smile, smile. Β (Want to see my pictures?)
  • A snowflake I made in my daughter’s kindergarten class. Yes — this brings this craft-challenged gal much, much joy!
  • A floor, walls, ceiling … in other words: my house. I have been blessed with someplace to call home. Warmth. Shelter. Β And I don’t ever want to take that for granted.
  • A tiny ceramic cross my daughter, Amy, made that says: Above all Love/With All Love.

When I’m staring at my reflection in the mirror? I start thinking it’s all about me.

No, not at all.


In Your Words: Look around you … and then tell me one thing that you see that brings you joy. I’d love to hear about it.


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Comments 29

  1. Only one? That’s tough. I’m disobeying. The beauty of the morning sunrise. A well-laid out scrapbook page evoking memories of events past, hugs, the first colorful flowers of spring poking through the ground. All of these bring joy. The sounds of joy include sweet mama-love words from my kids, among other things. πŸ™‚

  2. For me today it’s transforming paper into a tangible farm w/ house, small barns, apple trees, tree house, enough land, pond half-way back–maybe we can make it deep enough for otters . . .

  3. My kitty is curled up next to me in bed as I write this post. There’s something so simple about an animal’s love. Unconditional. I love it.

    And it also brings me joy to look at the calendar and see that it’s Friday!! πŸ˜€

  4. What brings me joy – my grandsons. I don’t have any pictures up or out right (I’m displaced), but I can see them on the internet and I can visit them in person and hear them yell, “MoMo!” when I walk in the door.

  5. I love how you take the time to see joy. Wonderful! Let’s see…as I look out that window, I see the trees filling out in lush springtime greenery and a turtle climbing up on a rock to look for the sun that hiding behind the clouds. Joy! Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. OKay, since you bring up otters, I went to the zoo a few years ago with friends and the otters were so loud. It was hilarious, so we took a video. And yes, I watch it every now and then and it absolutely brings me joy.

    What else has brought me the most joy in the past week…I bet you can guess…Ollie!!!

  7. Beth, this post put things right into perspective for me. It’s not about me! I need to be reminded so often :/. My 2-year-old daughter brings me such joy. She is almost always happy, and when she’s screaming I know it will be just a (short!) matter of time until she’s smiling again. Of course, the rest of my family is cause for joy, not to mention my house and all the comforts God has provided me. I am blessed indeed. Thanks again for helping me find perspective. πŸ˜‰

    1. Glad I can help … I’m always looking for a joy-filled perspective. I’m battling my glass-half-empty mindset. Always filling my glass.

  8. That’s funny! -I have a hummingbird collection – anything and everything hummingbird. I even have a hummingbird finger puppet…lol.

    Joy is my word for 2012. Right at this very moment, I see my dogs sleeping. They bring me so much joy. I love them dearly. Also, the collage of family photos on the wall…joyful memories.

  9. This morning it’s the clean floors β€” as in no toys or books thrown about. They will be covered when kiddo wakes up and that will bring a smile. Then, I’ll clean them up for tomorrow morning. Clean. Play. Repeat.

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