Some people chose a word for the year as a practise at New Year’s. My friend asked everyone to chose a verb. I baulked at the idea this year because I’m prone to worry that I won’t get it right. But this is the type of spiritual practise which can ignite rather than restrict.

I found this old banner in my Christmas decoration box.

I have no recollection of where it came from, who made it or its significance. I threw it in the garbage.

Today I fished it out of the trash. It was like JOY was announcing itself to me. My verb for 2023 wants to be joyseeker. (Autocorrect kept wanting to make it jobseeker, LOL)

My friend declared that she is writing a book about play and her mantra is ‘Go where the fun is!’ Why not? I can think of all sorts of reasons I don’t go where the fun is and a lot of it has to do with the lyrics of a song which was embedded in my brain at about the age of 5.

Jesus and Others and You
Written by B. Metzger, 1951 

Jesus and others and you
What a wonderful way to spell joy
Jesus and others and you
in the life of each girl and each boy
“J” is for Jesus for He has first place,
“O” is for others you meet face to face,
“Y” is for you, in whatever you do,
Put your self third and spell JOY.

Now there is much to be said for putting others before yourself. But it is also important to notice your motivation for doing so. You can’t put others ahead of yourself by neglecting your own relationship to yourself.

I’m chosing to seek JOY. In doing so I hope that others around me will see me being happy and want to come along for the ride.

“Self-love is the only ocean you can never drown in. The deeper you dive in, the more your lungs fill with air.” ~ Billy Chapata

My Joy soul collage card. © 


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