Living a joyful life has always been one of my goals.
Are you living a joyful life?Â Do you know someone who is?Â You’ve seen those people – they absolutely love what they do,Â they always look like they’re having a good time, in love with life.
The desire to live a joyful life was probably somewhere behind my joining 8 Women Dream.Â The wish to recapture riding joy and success was the motivation for my dream to become an accomplished equestrian.
So, how’s all that going for me?
I try to live a joyful life; really, I do.
I think to myself: I’m going to savor each day . . . Â even though I’m stuck at court dealing with some unreasonable kid.
I tell myself: I’m going to appreciate my family . . .Â even when my Dad doesn’t return my “Happy Thanksgiving” call and forgets my kids’ birthdays.
I tell myself: I’m going to enjoy what I’m doing rightÂ now . . . Â even when Nikki has his ears pinned (in horse language this means, “YOU are PISSING ME OFF!”) and is once again dragging me to the nearest patch of grass.
I tell myself: IÂ will not Â let my lack of friends get to me . . .Â even when I’m clearly excluded by the other mommies, without clear explanation (at least that I can discern).
I tell myself: IÂ will notÂ be overwhelmed and stressed outÂ by my responsibilities . . . even when my house is a mess, I have court every single day, I’m behind on float e-mails, phone calls, and material acquisition, my animals are being trouble,Â and my kids are arguing over who gets to pet which part of the dog (he’s aÂ big dog – there’s plenty ofÂ petting room for all!!).Â Â I am lucky to have all of those blessings.
I tell myself: I will not let the bone-chilling cold dampen my mood . . . even when I’m walking around my house, in the dark, with a flashlight, trying to remember where all our spigots are (we live on 4 acres) Â in order toÂ disconnect the hoses so they don’t freeze (how IS disconnecting the hose going to help with freezing?Â I honestly don’t understand that), my fingers and toes are freezing and I’m thinking, “Thank God I don’t live in the Mid-West as I clearly don’t have enough body fat for this sort of task.”
Why, oh why can’t I be joyful?
I’ll get there . . . someday.Â And, hopefully, the lesson I have scheduled on Wednesday at 11:00 will help.Â Wish me luck!Â And warm fingers and toes so I can feel my reins and stirrups.
Oh, and does anyone know any good (and reasonably priced) house / dog / horse sitters?
‘Til next week!
(Danelle left 8 Women Dream in March of 2010 and is still workingÂ on her dream is to become an accomplished equestrian)