I love to put laundry on the line! I mean to say that I receive great satisfaction from this task. No, really! I cannot express to you the joy and sense of accomplishment it brings me to have outsmarted both the dryer and the weather all at once. Plus, I find that if I stop just for a moment that joy turns to gratitude for the blessing of the days marked by those outfits on the line. The memories of what the dirty now clean clothes represent is an added bonus to the list checking off of a household chore well done.
I associate joy with gratitude.
Joanna Gaines says that “Gratitude makes what we have enough.”
I often recommend keeping a gratitude journal. Simply list at least three things at the end of each day for which you are grateful.
The Queen of Gratitude Journals, Ann Voskamp*, who wrote a list of 1,000 things for which she is grateful has this to say about the connection between joy and thankfulness:
“As long as thanks is possible, then joy is always possible.”
Confession number two for this entry…I watch Netflix! Yup. I recently found a show from the United Kingdom entitled Grand Designs. In Season 11, Episode 4 “Tiverton” a young Afghanistan Veteran and his bride build a new home to accommodate his injuries. During the final moments of the show, when the home is completed the host asks “Have you celebrated? Opened a bottle?” The wife begins to explain how at the end of the day they sit together and look out over the garden (yard) and are grateful…Her husband interjects with this statement “It is that quiet joy…a much quieter celebration.”
Thankfulness for the life and home they have built together has created A Quiet Joy!
What are three things you are grateful for at the end of this day?
Have you had a chance to look over your yard or your laundry pile and be blessed?
* Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts, A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, p. 33