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 http://joyforwardingproject.com/. 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. https://believeanyway.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/joy-is-contagious/. 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.