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A Thousand Reasons (and more) for JOY!


“A Thousand Reasons (and more) for JOY”
12 x 12in oil on museum quality panel

In case you missed it when I said this before…

Isn’t it amazing how good giving into joy FEELS?

What delight to simply fall back, with complete abandon, into what we know for certain holds only good.  It doesn’t require deep thought, soul searching or weighing of things.

It is simply an open invitation to something that feeds our soul.


Bare feet in new spring grass.
First sip of a perfectly brewed cup of coffee.
Hot shower on a tired body.
Summer rain.
Clean sheets.
Pure. Maple. Syrup.
Sunrise on the water.
A glass of red at an old Italian vineyard.

The scene in the painting above was one of those giving into JOY moments for me.    So much to experience and feel.  All those thousands of pink petals—spending themselves in a brief burst of blooming before falling to the ground—what an exuberant message nature sends us!!

I decided to give into the JOY –to take a ride, pedaling through the petals, powering through the pink, panting from the sheer JOY of it all!!  

It felt like the tree, the blossoms AND the bike were were all in agreement.  It’s time to.Take our foot off the brake, spend what we have, and create a blaze of glory that shines some JOY for everyone to experience.  

At any given nano second of time, there are a thousand reasons (and more) for JOY.

Places and moments that invite us to shed our responsible, adult armor and be a kid again.  To jump into that puddle of water, tuck a flower behind our ear and smile at a stranger for no good reason—to simply JUST GIVE IN to joy.

FYI:  JOY is out there looking for you today.  Hunting you down as it were.  You may as well go ahead and give yourself up, turn yourself in.  RUNNING IS USELESS.
It knows where you live and is not going to go away 🙂



This post was originally published on 03/04/2014.
I am immersed in a BIG project that needs my full attention and thought it was a good time to rerun some of the most read posts on this blog.
Keep sending those good thoughts and love my way—they are helping me so much to infuse my best on what I am working on!!!




  • Lynn Hall - July 14, 2015 - 6:28 pm

    So verrrrry lovely…I’m giving in… 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Gibson - June 30, 2015 - 10:40 am

    Dreama, I know you’re probably too busy to read this right now, but wanted to tell you how much your outlook resonates with mine. LOVE this post, your joy and enthusiasm is SO delightful and contagious! Glad I found your blog.ReplyCancel

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