Joy is the best makeup – Anne Lamott
There are days when I feel drained (the summer heat, doesn’t help) – lethargic and moving from one task to another without any sense of purpose or enjoyment. Then I beat myself up for feeling that way, and it just drags me further into the fog.
I’m learning to stay in the fog without judging my feelings. Just letting things be as they are. I sleep when my body demands it and try to feel no guilt. I read fiction when my mind demands a rest and just enjoy it. I paint when I want to be ‘me’ and then start to feel joy. Like the Psalmist says ‘Joy cometh in the morning!’. And it does.
Joy, one of the most beautiful emotions one can feel. Often adults forget the pure, unadulterated joy that children experience. Can joy be cultivated? I think it can. I’m trying to find ways.
- When I take a cool shower on a hot day.
- When I spend ten minutes being silly with my dog.
- When I talk silly and make Jose laugh or when he does the same.
- When I paint without judgement.
- When I write without editing and know it reflects my deepest thoughts.
Joy is the best makeup. I want to wear lots of it.