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Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy

tree lights with L&!

I love middle age. I love where I am in life.

I love that I have learned, finally, to feel the joy that comes not only from a something or a someone, but the joy that exists simply within myself. It is a steady and solid joy this joy within me and its presence serves not only as delicious sustenance but is a magnifier to all those somethings and someones that grace my external life.

This joy takes the tiny bulbs on the strands of lights wrapped around the individual branches of my life’s christmas tree and turns them into an explosion of light that transcends details. It is diffusion. It is essence. It is living made colorful and bright.

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  1. refined randomness says

    Nice to read and catch up on you….I really like, yes like very much, (um me…heading up there soon myself.) Love your perspective on this !!!

    • Why thank you! I have loved my 40’s. They kinda got off to a rough start but by mid 40’s life started sailing and now at 48 I see and appreciate clearly the beauty that is middle age! :-) So glad you stopped by!

    • Well said Ann! “More satisfied, more content.” Absolutely. I care less about more but what I do care about I care about deeply. There is a peace to that and I like it very, very much! :-)

  2. I was surprised by this picture – but instantly it felt like joy to me and I think it was a super creative take on the word joy! Also, like what you wrote – especially
    “It is diffusion. It is essence. It is living made colorful and bright.”

    • Quite honestly I was surprised by the photo as well. But as I thought about joy I thought about how it isn’t a something or a someone, it is so much more diffuse that than. Joy must first be a feeling that comes from within and is spread just as the light from a christmas tree is spread, only the light is not focused, because joy is not details it is energy. Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by. Thank you very much! :-)

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    • Why thank you my dear friend. Thank you for being a special part of 2013 and I wish you the best that 2014 can bring!

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  6. Wow…can I come to your house? ;-) Seriously, what a wonderful realization, and as always, so very well expressed, both in image and in word. I am sure that this light is suffusing the lucky folks around you, too.

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