Joy Is Peace With Wings

speaking-of-joyI love that my friend Teri calls me the Joy Lady. I don’t think she could give me a nicer compliment than that.

To me joy is a reverent state of being. It goes beyond peace. I like to say that joy is peace with wings. Peace is nice. But joy… joy soars (think of a seagull swooping down into the ocean). Joy sparkles (think of a handmade card with tons of glitter). Joy shimmers (think of a little girl in her Halloween Princess costume).

Joy is the feeling of being totally okay with what is. And knowing how to bring out the best in everyone and everything.  It is being in touch with your aliveness, your passion, your true authentic self.

Joy is parasailing against a clear blue sky. Joy is children squealing with glee as they run through a sprinkler. Joy is a mother staring into her baby’s eyes as she rocks him. Joy is a dog jumping gleefully as he catches a Frisbee. It is squirrels leaping playfully through the branches of a tree; children rushing into their grandfather’s outstretched arms.

I woke up this morning and felt joy as my bare feet touched my cool wood floor. I smiled at the bright red pillows on my living room couch and walked into my shiny kitchen and felt my heart fill as I gazed at the framed picture of my smiling granddaughter on the counter. It was pouring outside, but it didn’t matter. My heart was full.

In the midst of a serious illness my brother-in-law gets such joy from his friends and family. Instead of complaining or bemoaning his fate he spends his days sharing stories, laughter, companionship.

Joy is about looking for beauty everywhere. It is about being grateful for every little thing. It is about seeing the cup half full. It is about choosing not to wallow in thoughts that bring you down. It is about flowing like a river, soaring like a bird.

How would your life change if you made a commitment to choose joy? What if you started today to put the word JOY on a sticky note on the mirrors of your house, your refrigerator, your car, your office?

Joy, like love, is your true essence. When you make a commitment to choose joy in every moment, more and more joyful things will find their way to you. That’s just the way it works. And you will sit in awe as you watch your life changes in most amazing ways.

Brenda Strausz is a holistic psychotherapist with a practice in Southfield, MI. She combines traditional and alternative techniques to help you live with more ease, joy and freedom. Her belief in the healing power of love and forgiveness guides her work. She can be reached through her website at or or on Facebook.

© Copyright 2011  Allison Stuart Kaplan LLC

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  1. Brenda, I love this post. I need to start choosing more joy in my life.

  2. Brenda; not only do your posts speak to me and my ‘inner core’; your writing is exquisite and you capture true essence in concise diction. Like Lauren says, I also ‘need to start choosing more joby in my life.’ Thank you, Joy Lady!

  3. I mis-spelled ‘joy.’

  4. Lauren,yes, we should all bring joy into our lives!
    Shen, thanks again for your lovely comments…choose joy! I thought joby was cute…I do things like that all the time…take care!

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