wings and things


on May 6, 2012

I used to think that Joy just automatically flew into your soul

She doesn’t

She always waits patiently for you to stop feeling sorry for yourself

and she doesn’t tolerate grumbling, mumbling, bumbling, stumbling or crumbling

She waits for you to tell her that it is okay to fly away

but to come back soon.

You can’t just say ‘yes’ to Joy; you have to say ‘yes, please,’ because Joy is very polite

I said, ‘yes please’ to Joy a minute ago

and she just landed on my shoulders.

Joy was a bit abrupt when she told me to clean the cobwebs out of my soul,

but I followed her instructions with a bit of Ajax.

I quite like her!

62 responses to “Joy

  1. grand-player says:

    I’m so going to try this

  2. Sofia says:

    Loved this!!

  3. Sharon VB says:

    Oh Julie, that is beautiful.. and I sooo need to do this, do you mind if I copy and share with my friends?

  4. Very uplifting, I like Joy!

  5. terry1954 says:

    i never thought of it in this light, but you are right!! good post!

  6. ceciliag says:

    How about this for joy, I just came back from the SwapMeet with TWO peahens!! (laughter!) Kupa is intrigued but they are still in the run for the meantime.. c

  7. I love your words here Julie. They are YOU which is a lovely thing. Good for you trying to find it when it has managed to eluded you. Margie

  8. Nicely done, Julie.

  9. like so many things, attitude I guess is a huge part of it…no?

  10. Judith Post says:

    This is simply lovely.

  11. pixilated2 says:

    How lovely! ~ Lynda

  12. Fergiemoto says:

    Cute! Hopefully Joy will make more of an appearance.

  13. Who knew Ajax could clean up our souls? Thanks for the idea! 😉

  14. Helen says:

    Love this Julie!!

  15. meglane says:

    I wrote this when I was grieving for your Dad:
    Housed inside
    The framework
    Of my humanity
    My pain
    Never deserting me
    It can only be God.

    Housed inside
    The framework
    Of my questions
    Never deserting me
    It can only be God.

    Housed inside
    The framework
    Of my turmoil
    Never deserting me
    It can only be God.

  16. Joy may be waiting a long time to land on my shoulder!

  17. Robyn Lee says:

    Have been really trying this out Jules…I’m at a disadvantage I think as this huge dose of steroids they administered has thrown me for a loop. I’m thinking of you though, and hope you are doing ok ~ send a sig, k? xo

    • jmgoyder says:

      It’s not really working for me either despite trying. I guess you could call it a rough draft of a poem that I tried to feel after the most terrible day with Husband and Son. Not everything works, as you well know. I feel devastated for what you are going through with the steroids and everything.

      The fact that you post such inspirational and thought-provoking photos and words every day awes me, Robyn.

      • Robyn Lee says:

        Oh Julie.. so sorry. I know our tools are good, but not always the magic wands we would like them to be. I keep posting, as it’s lightened my reality a bit and helped my psyche a lot…though my ability to go out for photo shoots has become very limited…and the physical aspects of working on computer is a challenge. Still, I think for both of us – it’s an important outlet. Always here for you… sending Love….

      • jmgoyder says:

        I’m not sure about this, but would it help somehow for you to write the details of what you are going through?

      • Robyn Lee says:

        It’s such a pathetic tale Jules…very hard to verbalize around it, and I worry it would send me into downward spiral to try (not to mention depress the readers). When I do the “pain shadow” posts – it’s the closest I get, and those are tough. So not sure either…but I so appreciate your thinking about this for me:)

      • jmgoyder says:

        So sorry – stupid suggestion. Reading between the lines of your posts, my heart breaks and I bloody wish I could help – I swore, haha!

  18. niasunset says:

    I love your positive thinking… God Bless you dear Julie, Thank you, love, nia

  19. Michelle says:

    So beautiful Jules.
    I must admit I had a real moment of joy yesterday.
    I was sitting on the back steps watching Sage playing with the kitten and she picked him up and skipped across the back yard toward me and all of a sudden I realised I am here, in this new country, doing exactly what I have wanted for so many years, my family are here and I felt uplifted and joyous and was filled with a few moments of pure bliss and gratitude.
    I can only wait for more of these moments for myself and for those people I love (that means you too).

  20. Lovely poem!

    There are times when I thought Joy was my best friend and then suddenly she became elusive. She claims she is just shy. But to tell you the truth, sometimes I think she is just fickle!

  21. cuhome says:

    And I quite like Ms Joy, too! Funny how she doesn’t just come swooping in, uninvited, isn’t it? You put this so well.

  22. Rhonda says:

    You have magic in your fingers Julie and so glad you have some joy in your heart!

  23. dcwisdom says:

    Love this word picture of Joy! I hope you are having dreams of joy tonight. Have you ever read Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman? You would like it, I think. Beautiful and reflective.

  24. P&B says:

    Beautiful. Glass half full is always better than half empty.

  25. bluebee says:

    Ajax?! I think you’re a bit harsh on your soul…

  26. Paws To Talk says:

    We absolutely love this.
    Bella and DiDi

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  28. Pat Bean says:

    This great blog earned you a Bean’s Pat on my blog today. Wise words to live by. Thanks for sharing.

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