Don’t Let Them Steal Your Joy

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This Saturday, a few friends and I met for our monthly book club discussion. Earlier in the day, one of them mentioned to me that she didn’t really feel up to going because there were some things bothering her and as a result she just wasn’t in the mood. Because of the blues, she was tempted to stay home and wallow in her sorrows. While it would have been easy to let her off the hook (I was in the same mood when we spoke), I decided not to and urged her to come out with us. Thankfully, I was able to convince her because we both agreed that we had a great time.

At the end of the evening we both learned that it’s easy to let problems or challenges get the better of us. We often allow them to keep us down or trapped in the doldrums. It’s easy to think that dwelling on what’s wrong will somehow help to make it better, but it doesn’t. If anything, it only magnifies our problems. What we need to remember is that we can’t let what’s wrong keep us from celebrating what’s right and we can’t let the bad things going on around us to stop us from taking the time to engage in the activities that make us happy. No matter what is going on, we can’t allow the circumstances or the people involved in them to steal our joy. We’ve got to be confident in the fact that no matter what it is, “this too will pass” and that if anything, the problems or the people causing them will be around for a little while longer, so we might as well not make them our sole focus.

My friend and I had a great time socializing over good books and good food and we were all the better for it. If we had stayed home, racking our minds about the challenges we are facing, we would have only been giving more strength to those issues. By ignoring them, even for a little while, we were able to diminish them.

Our problems only have as much power over us as we give them. Therefore, we need to remember to take time out to take care of ourselves because it takes their power away.

Be on the look-out!!! The joy thieves are out there. They don’t have any joy of their own so they are determined to steal yours. Knowing that, be forewarned and forearmed. Keep yours guarded and don’t let them have it!!

Have a great week!

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