Joy-Forwarding Challenge

FYI: This first paragraph is an update–on 1/25/2012. I am going to handle all the Joy-Forwarding posts over at this link now So put all your comments for Joy-Forwarding over there. There’s an email subscription button over there, too.  All my other blogging will still be here at Believe Anyway. 

I have been thrilled and astonished that the Candle Lighter Award is so well received and is spreading. I have been thinking a lot this week about how we can give joy a boost in our lives and the lives of those around us. That is what we must do. You see, anyone that is already creating blogs with words and photos has the potential to spread joy. As a matter of fact, they are already doing so through their blogs. Beyond the blogging world, we can carry that same mission with us when we venture away from our blogging equipment.

I posted yesterday that Joy is Contagious. Here is that link if you missed it. The Barefoot Baroness commented the following on that:  “I think you should create a new movement, starting right here on your blog. Challenge your readers to head out the door with the intention of Joy-Forwarding throughout their day. Master the challenge of spreading Joy and just maybe a new epidemic of Joy & Good will come“. (You can see her comment on the link).

OK, I have to say that I hadn’t thought about directly challenging folks. The post I wrote yesterday, however, was written to inspire. It is my fervent hope that others take up the mission to spread joy each day in their lives. So here it is: I challenge myself and you to joy-forward throughout your day. Let’s see how we each do in the daily comings and goings of our lives….you know, the grocery store, the post office, the parking lots, the office, and other mundane things. I challenge myself and you to try to be joyous in your interactions (even if you are having a LOUSY day). Even if it doesn’t obviously impact or change the mood of the person(s) you are interacting with, it will help make each of us expert joy-forwarders.

If you are willing to take up this challenge would you mind putting a comment on this post? I’d love to hear some of your attempts at joy-forwarding as we progress [whether or not they were immediately effective 🙂 ]. Today I intend to take my inner-Tigger out and spread some joy in unexpected places. I will let you know how it went. Have a joyous day. I hope you do some Joy-Forwarding. Thank you Barefoot Baroness for giving me the impetus to be brave enough to actually issue a direct challenge. Believe it or not, sometimes, even though I am very wordy, I also am a bit shy about stuff like that.

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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26 Responses to Joy-Forwarding Challenge

  1. Dianna says:

    Great idea! Maybe you chould have a once-a-week post with an opportunity to share our joy-forwarding experiences! This is a wonderful challenge, and I’m signing up to participate!

  2. After being awarded the Candle Ligher Award twice I think what you have started here is wonderful.. There are all too many woe is me’s around and spreading Joy is something we should all try to spread.. A kind word here and there is all it takes, and when you are out and about a SMILE works wonders.. The Ripple Effect spreads out… Im reminded of the Film.. Pay-it-Forward.. arrgh if only more could get into that Habit, what a different world we would then create… Bless you Kate and keep spreading your Joy and Light 🙂

    • Kate Kresse says:

      You too, Sue. I think we each of gifts to spread, or ways of reaching others. God speaks through each of us with different ways of helping others. When we stay open to God and each other—the light shines through us. Thank you for the blessing…

  3. tbnranch says:

    Ok, today I gave a free extra service to customer that came in with a big frown on her face. She smiled!

  4. cravencreativity says:

    I just posted an entry in my blog about you, your blog, your candle lighter award, and how you inspired me to spread joy today! Thanks for such wonderful inspiration:)

  5. I try to be an open container for the Lord to fill with the gifts of His Spirit. Joy, being on of them, is always an option for me, but I have found that if I am trying to act joyful, it is proof that I am not. I do best just being who I have been created to be and letting God show through, on His own. 🙂 But I do think we all could be more kind and understanding to others!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      I see what you are saying. Authenticity is essential, I agree. I think I was considering a way to minister to and reach out to people that are downhearted and hurting. However, as you said, if it is just an act, it will most definitely not be a ministry of healing nor will it be a channel of God’s grace.Good point, Kathy.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      You are such an open container for the Lord. Every day the gifts of His Spirit shine through you–patience, love, and all the rest of His gifts. Each day I interact with you I see God manifest in you. in countless ways.

  6. eof737 says:

    Wonderful idea… My blog is already about spreading light and mirth… It works. 🙂

  7. See me smiling? You my dear Kate just put the most amazing joy in my heart today! Thank you! I am so proud of your courage and your willingness to tackle a movement like this. This could be HUGE!.

    I am heading out today with the intention of joy-forwarding. My mission is to find those who have their chins to the stone and instead help them lift their eyes to the heavens. With a smile in their heart when they walk away. I dare your readers to do the same. Game On!!

    I cannot wait to read eve more responses here and throughout the blogging world. I want to see the challenge you made linked to other blogs. As I will do today. Look for my story of joy-forwarding to be shared here, as I find the stories worth. There will many smiles and gladdened hearts, but the special ones, truly authentic & different joy-forwarding is what I will save for here.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Game on indeed, Toni! May I add from the wisdom of Katharine Trauger that some may share other gifts of the Spirit instead of Joy. Authentic grace will spread no mater which gift is shared. I am so hopeful for our world this morning. What wonderful people there are all over this wonderful, beautiful world. I am truly a perennial optimist.

      • I simply adore Katherine’s Trauger’s wisdom d thank you for sharing it with me. The authentic grace and the joy of spirit is what this is all about. I have went about my day with grace in my actions, joy on my face, and Spirit in my heart.

        Today was a gift to me through the actions of others, seeing my daughter (35) take on the Joy- Forwarding challenge herself after we all spoke about it at the brunch table. Lending her physical prowess to an elderly woman who is dealing with dementia;. She is a retired school teacher who has decided to donate all her left over supplies to other teacher. Boxes and boxes- she stored in an attic almost two years ago.This dear woman may or may not understand exactly the gift she is giving, but it lessens the gifts in no way.
        That is my idea of Joy-Forwarding along with some Paying it forward thrown in for good measure.
        People are incredibly amazing!!

        • Kate Kresse says:

          Toni—what beautiful ideas. And those mesh beautifully with the concept I had in mind. I think for me, building my own awareness about how possible it is to make lovely changes in the lives of others through my actions, kindness, or whatever makes me more likely to actually do it. I can picture you siting with your daughter and family discussing the challenge—and it gives me goosebumps like good and lovely news always does. Thank you for mentioning it. You are right—People are amazing!

  8. becca givens says:

    Kate – this is a wonderful challenge … not only will the recipient get an unexpected boost — so will the giver … a win-win situation. Thank you for the reminder of its importance as ambassadors of peace, joy, love and light! Have a joyful day and week ~~ becca

  9. SynthZach says:

    Lady Barefoot Baroness sent me over. 🙂 Have a great day!

  10. Hi Kate,
    I am so enamored by watching this post on your blog I can barely stay away. Today all ready you have such incredible response that it gives ME goosebumps. Look girl at what you’re doing!!
    This was your vision and with just one post, several paragraphs later people’s lives are being impacted in such amazing ways. Following this particular post will be fascinating over the next few weeks, and God willing into the next months and infinity. I pray you will not mind my steady supply of comments.

    I am so happy that you mentioned my family brunch. You had reason to feel. those goosebumps my dear. Because of you:
    Our family’s Sunday Brunch (conversation) topics were more passionate than I’ve seen in some time.Each member of my family buzzing with thoughts and ideas.Almost talking over each other. Passion!
    This family taking on your challenge together is a gift. They actually did not pay one bit of mind to the football game on in the other room, not one person in my family noticed I’d turned it off until after the dishes were done.

    This was my family’s Joy-Frwarding to me, and they did not even realize it until I was thanking them for a Sunday Brunch without Football in the background. Pretty cool.

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