Joy Looks Like This

What does your joy look like today?

Joy Noun A feeling of great pleasure and happiness. A thing that causes joy. Synonyms delight - gladness - pleasure - mirth - rejoicing
Joy- A feeling of great pleasure and happiness. A thing that causes joy. 

by Jon Hilton Day 17

Can anyone really define their joy as one particular aspect of a day or even a life?

I certainly can’t so when I started to answer this question for today I had many thoughts about what gives me joy right at this moment and in the overall canvass of existence.

 My joy today looks like many things of which I am going to try to give you a glimpse of what is making experience great pleasure and happiness today.

Freedom’s Just Another Name

There is something about times of complete and utter freedom that make me extremely happy and fill my heart with joy!

freedom There are times in each day where you have to perform certain tasks for your job or for your loved ones, and that has a reward on its own merit.  Yet most days there are moments where I have complete and utter freedom to do whatever I desire at that moment.

 Granted my desires aren’t all that wild and unattainable. I like to write, (surprise), I like to think, and I like to read.  Finding the time and freedom to do these things fills me with joy today.

 I think that having and exercising your free will each and every day for some time can make you feel rejuvenated and brand new. I know that when I have moments when there is no requirement on me other than those I place on myself are precious.

 In most days there is a small portion where I experience freedom of choice and that looks like joy to me today.

Be Creative and Things will Flow

tumblr_la3fh5yX2q1qcgiqwo1_500I have always thought of myself as a person that lacked creativity.  Since I was a young lad I was told that I lacked the artistic creativity that used to make art.

The sad part was not that people said these things, but that I believed them.  If you believe this it really cripples your ability to find answers you are looking for.

For example there are writers that suffer from writers block. They can’t get the flow going no matter how hard they try.  One of the most effective ways I have found to break down blocks of any kind, is to do something creative.  I find that as I allow myself to become completely engaged in an activity that is on the creative side, generally the blocks just go away, and words and ideas start to flow freely.

Surprisingly drawing is a form of expression for me which allows me to do this.  Even though I really have no talent in this area, if I am struggling in thought, engaging in a brief drawing session will allow me to find some sort of clarity. Creativity definitely looks like my joy today.

The Music Man

musicI have often written about how much music means to me, and it is a daily love affair that is only limited by the number of songs that are available for me to hear.  I find that there is nothing that explains your emotions better than music or speaks to your soul like the words of a song.  There is no one genre that brings me joy, because many songs and artists I wouldn’t think I would like, perform songs that I find that I can relate to, at least to some degree!!

Music works magically like a time machine and transports you to different times in your life and you can almost more than remember those people who were in your life at the time, you can only touch them with your heart and feel them with your soul but touch them and feel them you do.

Songs by Billy Joel take me to 1985.  George Michael, (the singer not the Bleuth.), reminds me of 1988.  Hey there Delilah  takes me immediately to 2007.  It is not a phenomenon that is unique to me.  I avoid these trips of nostalgia because today is pretty awesome but there is a time for everything.

As I drive down the road listening to some great music from today and yesterday, I know that my joy looks like music today.

You Look Like Joy To Me!

I LOVE YOU! and all of you wonderful thoughts and creations!
I LOVE YOU! and all of you wonderful thoughts and creations!

If you are reading this, then you are what my joy looks like today.  I was thinking about what makes me really joyous and that is when something I write is read by someone else and has an affect on them in any way.

It can be positive or negative reaction but to be moved enough to comment either way, makes me very happy.

 As anyone who writes probably has realized, this is all just the thoughts that come into your head.  They never existed before you thought them and wrote them down.

 If someone else can read them and take something from them, find inspiration, commiseration,  or agitation then I think that is pretty cool.

Like all great relationships there is a two-way street. I read a lot of blogs, and if I didn’t have work to do, I would read a lot more.  It is all interactive literature to me.  I love reading about all things, even things that I am not really interested in.

 It is the personality and the presentation of the information that counts.  Much like music, there are an unlimited number of bloggers out there providing great information.  I learn something interacting with each one.  I find new one’s every day like a treasure hidden just waiting to be dug up.

Some of you have become great friends and I feel I know you better than people I see in person every day.  So you reading these words right now, that means you, my joy looks like you today.

Hey There Delilah, by the time that we get through the world will never be the same. 

15 thoughts on “Joy Looks Like This”

  1. I may not always comment, but I’m always moved by your posts. They are always thought provoking for me which happen to be my favorite posts to write too. BTW, Hey There Delilah is one of my favorite songs. Holds a ton of memories for me. Hearing it now just brought me joy. Thank you.

    1. I always read your posts as well. Love it. I learn a lot from a lot of blogs I don’t always comment on either. I think if I have something worthwhile to contribute I comment. I am just grateful you did now. I know what you mean, music really does capture all the details of a moment that you can relive just by listening. 🙂 You just made my day!! Thank you!

  2. Lovely post, all these things make my day as well. I couldn’t imagine life without music, art, and books. I’m so happy to hear that you’re making room in your life for creative acts and have debunked the myth that you are not creative. I’m the same way I love to doodle and make a mess with watercolors and I really don’t care that it looks like something an elementary kid conjured up. Very liberating! As always, thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you for the comment Raimy-D. I am sure your water colors look just fine. One of the things I learned from you is to just create and make, write or do whatever is in your soul. It has beauty and worth because it comes from you and speaks some sort of truth. I hope you keep creating and moving yourself forward, I am wondering if your next step has revealed itself to you yet. I am grateful for your comment, your writing and your support, you are awesome. 🙂

  3. Great post as always! I think if we learn to appreciate the little things in life that we can find joy in the mundane every day! I’m really frustrated that people said those negative things to you as a child! I believe that every child needs to be encouraged in everything they do. Granted they might not be perfect at everything, but everyone has gifts…encourage those! I think you create art with you writing! Thank you for be an encouraging voice! 🙂

    1. Thank you Kira! I should have had you around when I was a kid! It is the way it was back then, people didn’t mean to be limiting, they just didn’t see the value in creativity. I have forgiven them all and myself for believing it. And I might not value things so much now if I hadn’t been without them for such a time. 🙂 Thank you for calling my writing creative, and I agree with you. I know that good or bad, all of it is brought right from my mind and it didn’t exist until I expressed it. As you know, creating like that is fun, and healthy. I am always so grateful for your encouraging words, it makes me smile when I read them. 🙂

  4. Yet another well written and thoughtful post Jon. There is much joy in freedom and the converse is true as well. What brings one joy can vary moment to moment yet when the simple things are be embraced, creative thinking can become a constant. That you find so much joy in your writing and the love from your blogging community is wondrous. Continue to push through your limits, debunk preconceived notions and break a few rules. I too find much joy in music and you mentioned some of my favorite artists, a couple more I suspect you might enjoy, Guns N Roses and U2. I look forward to your response to whatever tomorrow’s question might be.

    1. Thank you Julie! I appreciate your kind words so very much. It really is a great release. If I continued to listen to the people who thought I was not creative, I would never write. Your blog is getting better. Keep on writing and participating in the community and you will find the audience for your writing. It can take a little time. Music wise there are so many times in a day that it makes me feel better that I can’t even begin to be grateful enough for it. I am listening to the Eagles right now and smiling. Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment here, it always means a lot to hear that something I have written has affected you in any way! I am grateful for your participation! 🙂

  5. I love that song, Jon – its on my ipod. I love music too, all music old, new. Some have said I have the strangest collection of music on the old ipod, not because the music is strange but because of the great variety. It is as though some songs have an invisible capsule containing all the emotions from times and a places.

    As far as artistic talent goes. I believe everyone on this earth has the ability to do art, unfortunately sometimes grown ups say the wrong stuff to kids and sort of lock that door forever instead of opening it…

    Loved you post as always 🙂

    1. I can imagine that your Ipod is like mine, everything under the sun. I just know a good song when I hear it and I don’t care what genre it comes from!! I don’t like every song but the style of the song has nothing to do with it. 🙂 I also think that art and creativity are in everybody and you just have to let them come out. Thank you for taking the time to comment Michelle, I always appreciate it, hope that you have an outstanding weekend. 🙂

  6. I don’t think it’s possible for anyone to truly lack creativity. Everyone is creative, just at different things. I’d love to see your drawings sometime. I paint, I love it and the way it allows me to escape from my own head.

    1. I will have to show you sometime. I would love to see your paintings as well. I am sure they are awesome, because of course, you are awesome and what else could you create. I know what you mean about everyone being creative. That is why I am in shock that a different notion was placed in my head and stayed there for so long. Thank you MFE for being the wonderful person that you are.

  7. Freedom, Creativity, Music, and Blogging. I’m right there with you, my friend. That is a joyful day. Funny because I just did an exercise where I wrote down three words that I wanted to describe who I will become and one of the words was joyful. Thank you for the joy you bring, Jon. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

    1. You are welcome Kozo! I am glad that in this great blog community I can bring any pleasure to anyone. Thanks for that comments and the reading. That is the joy you bring to me. Thank you my friend, you are the man!

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