My bliss, my bliss, my lovely little bliss
I can’t remember if I ever shared with you one of the most poignant things my husband ever said to me, but since I’m old and forgetful, I’m sure you’ll forgive me for sharing it again. Shortly after we met, he said, “I know under that tough exterior, there’s such a nice person hiding.” It was true. I had a secret smile and I used it only for him. I kept the softest part of me tucked away in the deepest reaches of myself to protect it, having known all too well what happens when you let the world see your vulnerability. It took many years of him prying, supporting and encouraging me for me to share that smile.
And even still, I often forget to let my light shine, preferring to dull it with cynicism and doubt. Sometimes it feels easier to be aloof, to pretend not to care, to disconnect. Sometimes it is just too much listening to the haters, the ones forever stomping on happiness, the downers.
And then Blissdom Canada happens. At the moment when my tank feels empty, I’m given the opportunity to connect in person with My People. The ones who expose their lives on the internet in the same spaces I haunt. The ones who read my words, whose words I breathe, the ones who are supportive and kind, uplifting, fun and positive. And it’s just such a phenomenal experience for me that I feel refreshed and ready to take on the world. New business goals! New personal goals! All the goals!
It’s then I remember that the joys in life are these connections, this happiness. That no matter how we’re doing this thing, we’re doing it right. We get one spin around, we might as well make it a good one, right? I know I sure don’t want to spend my time doing something I don’t enjoy that allows me to spend more time only doing that same something I don’t enjoy. I want to do the things that make me happy, and in turn make others happy. I want to support the positive.
So this year, I’d like to try to keep that momentum going by hosting a blog series focussing on the positive. This is my call out to you all to submit your stories about finding and appreciating the small joys in life.
Every Monday beginning October 13, 2014 (Canadian Thanksgiving, how apropos!) a new post will be live here, telling someone else’s story. There is no deadline. I hope this project is ongoing.
You don’t have to be a writer or blogger to participate. You just have to dig into yourself to discover all the ways you can find those sweet chunks of joy wherever possible.
Follow along by reading here, and by following the hashtag #BlogSmallJoys on Twitter.
Are you interested in sharing how you find and appreciate the small joys in life? I would love to share your story here.
Please email me at alexandriawrites @ gmail.com with your submission and I’ll let you know when to expect your post to go live.
Be sure to include any URLs you’d like linked back, along with a bio and any other information you want to include. Photos are welcome (with appropriate source credit, of course).