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September 12, 2010 · by Brooke · Inspiration, Joy Stories, What is Joy?


One of the remarkable women who received my invitation start her own Joy Journal found herself wrestling with the concept of small joys. A highly capable, intelligent, no-nonsense businesswoman in the healthcare industry, to her initially, Joy meant something monumental – like the birth of a child or a wedding.  But the concept of Joy captured her interest and she decided to explore the places in her everyday life where Joy might also be found.  I absolutely adore the piece she wrote about A Joyful Sneeze and she agreed to let me share it with all of you.  Wishing you Joy and laughter in any size and form!

A Joyful Sneeze:

What I find joyful is a good sneeze…the kind of sneeze you really wind up for.  The kind of sneeze only allowed when by yourself, well outside the earshot of anyone who could say, “Good gracious, that sounds like missile launch!”  It’s not the kind of sneeze proceeded by rapid fire follow ups.  Nor is it a wet and messy affair.  Or worse than that, its not one which seduces you into thinking this-is-really-going-to-be-a-good-one, only to have this disappointing little oink squeak out!  No, the kind of sneeze I am talking about is a singular event which starts with the faintest little tickle at the back of one nostril… quickly fading away.  There it is again…tickle, tickle, tickle.  Ah ha!  Now you know you’re onto something. Careful, don’t jump the gun.  Here it comes!!! ah-ah-ah-ah- ah-chew!!!

Now THAT was as fine a sneeze as I have had in a long time.  Satisfaction.

May you find Joys in the huge and the tiny things.

Joyfully yours,