Returning home from the hospital is always followed by a period of self reflection. This time as I reflected, I realized how vital it was for me to be able to recognize and experience joy in my life. I began making a list of all the things that I thought would bring me joy, but as I did so, I realized that everything that I had put on my list would only bring me a fraction of joy unless I were to share it with someone else…this is what brought about the idea of reciprocal joy.
Let me explain:
In Math, a reciprocal is defined as “a mathematical expression or function so related to one another that their product is one.”
Basically, when you multiply a fraction by its reciprocal, you end up with 1
***Now, just the thought of math causes me to break into a cold sweat of terror…let’s be honest, I married a High School Math teacher, and that is likely the closest I will ever come to liking anything mathematical…so how does all this relate to joy and chocolate chip cookies? You’ll see!***
Okay, so let’s put this example into a real life scenario (this is where the chocolate chip cookies come in).
Something that I had put on my list of things that brought me joy were homemade chocolate chip cookies. Just imagine a plate full of freshly baked cookies on a cold fall day with a tall glass of milk (insert sigh of joy here) Now, I could sit and eat that plate of cookies myself, but I realized that doing so would only bring me a fraction of joy and most likely a really big tummy ache. If I were to share those cookies with my family, my fraction of joy multiplied by the joy that my family experiences would equal full joy.
I firmly believe that God created each and every one of us to experience joy and happiness in this life. No one is excluded from this…we are all precious in His sight. At times, it may not be possible to feel joy, love or happiness, but it does not mean that it will always be that way. Sometimes we blindly seek for joy in all of the wrong places, and instead find ourselves feeling empty and sad. I am going to tell you the secret to finding joy, and that is that true joy comes as we share our lives with others. Joy is not so much of a “thing” to obtain, but rather is more of a “process” of becoming. Please continue to join me as I embark on this process of becoming joyful. As I continue to write this blog, each day I will focus on one thing that brings me joy and then share it with you. I would really love it if this could become an interactive process…I would love to hear what brings you joy each day! Please feel free to add your comments and experiences to my blog. I am also setting up a Facebook page that you can follow me on which will also serve as a forum where you can post comments, pictures and experiences of something that brings you joy each day.
Have a fantastic and joyful day!