Exercise a positive attitude: Part II

While winter absolutely refuses to loosen its grip (at least its bone-chillingly cold rain here in northern Illinois instead of snow like it is in Minnesota) and I am grappling with a huge disappointment 10 years in the making (what’s money anyway, it grows on trees, I’ve heard), I thought I’d share a more hopeful upbeat post from 2011 and a small lesson from today:

When it snows in April, hearty Minnesotans make the most of it. My 18-year-old stepson, who has a new-to-him Subaru with all-wheel drive, posted a new picture on his Facebook today of the 360-degree “drift” he accomplished in a unplowed snowy cul-de-sac. Can’t you just see the grin on his face?

Minnesota Wonderer

Choosing joy is more complicated than choosing a peanut butter.

Choosy Moms choose Jif. This is a clear directive. You know who you are, you know where to find the peanut butter. No mystery here.

Choose joy? Joy is an intangible commodity. Where do you find it? How, even, to look for it?

Joy is defined as “great delight or pleasure; elation.” Unfortunately, delight is not stocked on supermarket shelves (although I have been known to find a glimpse of delight in a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup, conveniently stocked near the check-out). If you could buy it, Wal-Mart would be buying it from a Chinese manufacturer and selling it at a low, low price.

If cultivating joy is like exercising regularly, as “Crazy Love” author Francis Chan espouses, here are my Top 10 ways to help me (and you) put our arms around this mystical, abstract stuff.

10 Ways Choosing Joy…

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