Finding Joy in Spaces

When I started thinking about joy and spaces, it occurred to me that if I just mention certain places, my heart lights up.

So let me share of few of these places.

Indy 500 – I love going to the race.  Bill and I met there over 50 years ago. So that’s special! But it’s the opening to the race that makes it such a joy to be there.

We honor the armed services, we honor the history of the race, we sing several songs that remind us we are in this great country, and then we watch the most spectacular event as 33 cars race around an oval track going over 200 mph! Everyone around us feels like a neighbor; we introduce ourselves and become friends.  Gotta love it!

Sunset – It’s a period of grace and gratitude for me.  It’s beautiful and never ever the same.  It brings me such joy!  

Morels and Music – I know, a funny combination, right?  

First morels – it’s a family tradition that every Mother’s Day my family would go out in the woods for hours looking for morel mushrooms. And “if,” and I mean “IF” you were lucky enough to find one – it was pure joy.  Of course, the walk in the woods was so joyful – the first touch of Spring.  And in our family, we shared our mushrooms, even if it was only a few! That could become hilarious.

And last, music makes my heart sing – I particularly find joy in music outside—in a park, at a concert, a single guitar around a fire, sing-alongs, dancing, listening on the radio, Sunday morning at church.  Music brings me such joy. 

Now one last thing that I am certain of – the space for me is always more joyful because of the people who are there with me and the memories I have of all those times together.

Joy magnified!

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Janet Wakefield

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade wind in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.”
- Mark Twain

One Comment

  1. Erv

    Though we both have come to fmc for some time, it is really good that you shared. I had no idea and am glad to know a bit what springs from your soul!

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