Today I listened to a segment on TED Radio Hour about joy. They were talking to Simone Giertz about these useless robots she makes (give it a listen, it is a nice segment https://www.npr.org/2018/11/16/668359548/simone-giertz-what-can-making-useless-robots-teach-us-about-joy). She finds joy in the moment, creating these failures and realizing that is just as enjoyable than actual successes. It got me thinking about where I find joy in my life.
Obviously I'm one of those, what a friend of mine calls, "crazy dog ladies." She says this lovingly of course, but she isn't wrong. I am crazy about dogs! The joy of a dog is something beautiful, because they don't over complicate the emotion. They find joy in the moment of exactly what they are doing. I love the simplicity of that and I try really hard to follow that example when I can. It works best if the things are simple.
I make a date with myself on Sundays to take a drive and listen to a local Celtic music program, just enjoying the sounds and the lovely countryside. But mostly my joy comes in the form of sharing experiences with my dog. Chena finds joy in just sniffing the breeze and running across a field. How can you not help but smile?
This is also why I follow 3k+ dog accounts on IG. Seeing other people's dogs find joy is just as great and an important stabilizer in my life. So thank you for sharing your dog's joy with the rest of us!!! What are the simple things you find joy in? What grounds to the positivity of life?