31 Days of Joy in Motherhood...
... What triggers your joy?
Have you ever had something in your home that makes you smile every time you walk past it?
I have a photo of me with one of the boys when they were a baby. It's a close up of our faces and we are clearly laughing and giggling. It's not even a good picture (I had no makeup on and am clearly sleep deprived and hormonal). But it makes me smile every time I see it. Why? Because I can remember how I felt when it was taken. I remember the joy of my child's first laugh.
I have a cluster of dried up weed flowers in my jewelry box. Half the petals have fallen off and it was never a pretty bouquet to begin with. But I pause and smile over it several times each week. I can remember the look on my boys' faces as they each ran to me with a handful of grass and flowers in their chubby hands. They would proudly yell "Here momma. A fower!" as they raced toward me with pure joy on their faces. I remember it like it was yesterday, yet the flowers are almost 5 years old already.
I have a tiny pile of paper in my nightstand left from Mother's Day. The boys made me card after card after card as I sat in bed and tried to enjoy the breakfast they had served me. (Tomatoes, cheese, and fruit snacks with a warm diet coke). I grin at the impossibleness of that day. (I hate tomatoes.)
There's an ancient happy meal toy in the laundry room window. I can't tell you how many times my husband has tried to throw it away. I've fished it out of the trash more than once. I reminds me of a silly game my mom and I would play. When I see that plastic junk in the window, I think of my mom and I'm not alone in the laundry room any longer. I feel a connection to her, and that makes me smile.
I have a tiny (1 inch square) framed scripture that was a gift from a friend several years back. It was carried in my makeup bag as we moved from place to place during our remodel. It reminded me that I was not alone and that there always people to call on when I needed a friend.
Throughout my home, I have strategically placed tiny joy triggers. I place them in spots where I am most likely to feel isolated or stressed or undervalued, and they help me to feel connected and calm and valued. They bring me joy.
So I ask you today - what triggers your joy? What "joy triggers" can you plant around your house today?