Monday, February 24, 2014

What Gives you Joy?

Waking up ready to learn

What Gives You Joy?

Reverend Sierra Wilkinson Reyes has a smile and glow that is pure joy. I was in front of her soaking up the shine from her glow; a glow she willingly shares when she asked me the question.

“What gives you joy,” Sierra asked smiling. (Now that I think of it, I’ve never seen her not smiling.)

I felt compelled to tell her my truth, one I hadn’t really admitted to myself.

“I love to learn and I love to share what I learn with others.” I said smiling back.

As soon as I did, I wished for some other answer; one that made me sound like Indiana Jones or better yet Harriett Tubman; now there’s an adventurer.

I wished that I had said surfing, or mountain climbing. I wanted to be able to tell her that I enjoyed trekking the Himalayas with the Dalai Lama, but all I had was learning and sharing.

Sierra smiled the smile that a professor gives when you’ve gotten the right answer; one that could never be wrong and I knew my own truth.

So today, I’m asking you to ask your heart the same thing; what gives you joy?

What do you do that helps you wash away worry and resentment?

What would you do even if no one was paying you?

What would you like to think of when you wake up, and when you lay down to sleep?

If money was no object and Oprah left everything to you, what would you do with your life?

If you knew that today was the day and you had to find joy right now, what would it be?

No one has your answer, but everyone feels it when you don’t know it and don’t live it.

Be you, be knowing, be joy.

Bertice Berry, PhD.

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