Joy Revisited

I sat down to write about our time here in Mount Shasta thus far and what follows is what I got instead. 🙂

I have had a near constant smile since arriving at Mount Shasta the other day. Gosh, I can’t believe it’s just been two days! I really love it here. I’m not sure why, but when I come here, it feels like coming Home

Being here has put me in a state of reflection. Amongst other things, I have been pondering Joy and Light and the Goodness that is ever present, especially here. The goodness in this area permeates the air. It’s almost palpable. At least, this is my experience.

During a discussion the other day someone said, “embracing Joy takes a certain amount of boldness”. I couldn’t agree more because as adults, I think we are generally in the habit of holding ourselves back or in check instead of allowing our Joy to hang out in all its glory for the all world to see.

If you’ve read the earlier post about Joy, you may recall I mentioned my idea that we are conditioned away from Joy as we grow up, often by familial or societal expectations. It seems the general way of proceeding is to leave Joy behind for the more serious duties and responsibilities of adulting. I mean, we can have fun, but only so much and in a particular way. I remember being told fairly often as I grew up, especially once I left elementary school to quiet down, stop laughing so loud, stop spinning and skipping in such a big way, stop being so confident, so exuberant, so enthusiastic, so…present?, so…joyful? No harm was meant by this, as I feel sure the speaker was doing their best to prepare me for adulthood the best way they knew how, but you see my point, don’t you? You may even be able to identify with it as something similar to your own experience.

When pondering my belief that embracing Joy takes boldness, I came to see that while many people find Joy engaging and inspirational, many others are uncomfortable around this state of being and may judge it harshly for whatever reason, so those who may want to belly laugh out loud with abandon in public, or skip and dance through the proverbial tulips learn to tuck it in, button it up, shut it down, or modify it in some way that may be found more acceptable to those around us. This conditioning is why I feel embracing Joy does indeed take a certain amount of boldness, which in turn takes courage.

So, let’s shuck those old habit patterns that no longer serve us and live boldly! Let’s dare to create a life full of Joy for ourselves!  Let’s belly laugh in public and dance and twirl, literally and or figuratively.

I’ll ask again what I asked in the original post about Joy. What brings you Joy? What do you love? And, how much of whatever that is exists in your daily life?

If you’d like, you can wonder why or why not?

I’ve got an acquaintance who just announced he is packing up his dogs and all of his worldly belongings to move to Portugal. He will be leaving his personal and professional life of many decades in North Carolina behind to begin anew and I say, good for him!  HUZZAH!

I don’t believe there has to be anything wrong with a current life to dream of something even more. He is daring to live boldly indeed.   When I left my life in Raleigh, NC to move to Alaska, there was nothing at all wrong with that previous life. It was a good life…great job…great friends, etc, but something in me knew there was something more, and there was!

Let’s be clear, living boldly by no means has to be nearly as drastic as leaving a life behind to move to another continent. No way. I believe you can live boldly without ever leaving your house.

-I believe choosing Joy in every moment possible is living boldly.

-Taking a watercolor class because you think you might like it is living boldly.

-Accepting your body in its current state is living boldly.

-Taking a look inside yourself to see what’s there is living boldly.

-Daring to entertain a new perspective is living boldly.

-Embracing the Love and Joy that also exists in the time of loss is living boldly.

-Being thankful for your breath because you think that’s all you have is living boldly.

-Choosing Love, Understanding, and/or Compassion instead of judgment is living boldly.

-Choosing to forgive is living boldly.

-Loving yourself just as you are right now is living boldly.

Living boldly comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors, you get the picture. So, I’ll ask again. What brings you Joy? How might you live boldly even if its just in this right now moment because after all, the right now moment is all that matters. Want to give it a go?

So much goodness and there’s so much more to come, so stay tuned.

Until next time…



  • Paula

    July 28, 2021

    My new hobby of riding a motorcycle. I am wearing full protection and am loving every minute of my time on the bike.

  • Anonymous

    July 28, 2021

    HUZZAH! to your Portugal friend!
    So happy you are in an area that permeates goodness..
    Mosely and Misty look so cute. So happy this blog doesn’t have smellavision on account of Misty’s breath.

    • Rusty Hunt

      July 28, 2021

      This was me. Roo. Not sure why it was anon.

  • Gaelyn

    July 28, 2021

    I love your exuberance! I frequently loose sight. Thanks for the reminder. I am currently working on the , what’s next.

  • Walt

    July 28, 2021

    The smile on your face and your living boldly bring Joy to me as I read and re-read your explanation. Thank you for inspiring me. Keep those insights coming……..

  • Tena

    July 29, 2021

    Thanks for this wonderful message just as I’m about to leave for the airport to fly to Florida for 4 days with family. I’m gonna look for joy there, rather than thinking what could be difficult, stressful or whatever.

  • Silver

    July 30, 2021

    What a beautiful piece of writing on “JOY”. I, too, have been thinking of joy, perhaps in a different way—- a few days ago I taped a card on my bathroom mirror:
    “Do something for me today—-100% whatever I choose to do”

    Your eloquent words you wrote above say so much more. I am going to reread them again and again.
    Thank you Margie for sharing.

  • Anonymous

    August 9, 2021

    Beautiful 🙂 Here’s to living boldly and choosing joy!!

    • Anastasia

      August 9, 2021

      Oops, not anonymous – Love, Anastasia 😉


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