Monday, June 14, 2010

the joy project

As my brain clears and my head bobs to the surface, I can see the far horizon of summer. From this bobbing point and that distant line of earth meeting sky, I am formulating a plan, best termed a project, and it is all about joy; the seeking it, the finding it, the embracing it, the remembering what it feels like to live in it. This is my summer of the joy project. The goal is no less than the reclamation of me~ body, mind and soul. Join me, if you will, in dedicating this summer to keeping our hearts open to the little things that lift the spirits and remind us how glorious life can be.

The joy project filler-upper number 1, for me, is always nature. Luckily, I live 1 mile from an active arabian horse farm. I plan to hover at its fences on my way home from work, numerous times each week, to refill what was drained away.

And I promise myself I will pull over for the unexpected when it presents itself~ like the elusive mother wood duck and her 7 babies seen grazing on the side of the road yesterday. So what if I caused a bit of traffic annoyance as I slammed on my brakes and maneuvered closer to the painted lady and her brood. I had never seen a wood duck so out in the open and refused to miss the chance to observe.

Note to self: spend entire summer with camera at the ready. Capturing  joy brings joy.

So. Are you with me?


  1. Anonymous6/14/2010


    I love the horse photos...exceptional.

    And I love this idea. The Summer of Joy. I will think about this more...


  2. Weeee!

    Good for you!

    Lovely photos :-)

    I can see myself Embracing Joy all summer. Thanks for the idea and encouragement!

  3. I am definitely with you... these photos are so beautiful!

  4. Sounds like a great plan! :-)

    I love all the babies, both the horses and the ducks.

  5. with you sister!

    should we just tag our posts JOY PROJECT?

    could you create a nerdy nature badge for us???

    I'm SO IN!!!

  6. i think i'm there. LOL!

    :) Debi

  7. I am absolutely totally with you because I so need to be with you doing this...I just ran away for a day because I so needed that, and well, yes, summer is here and it is time for at least a little joy. The wood ducks are an amazing moment...and so stinkin cute.

  8. p.s. I am so glad you have found your way back, and I have my end of the rainbow in my hand...

  9. of course I'm with you...when DON'T I Ever go along for the ride?


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