What Brings You Joy? November 24, 2017 / laura bruno lilly / 28 Comments Dear Readers: If you feel so inclined, please comment below. Near Central Park, Boulder, Colorado 2016 Share this:TwitterFacebookTelegramEmailLike this:Like Loading... Laura's Sumatra coloradoQuotes Previous post On Doing Final Drafts Next post NOMA: what are those round-y, tilted buildings? 28 Comments anne leueen December 7, 2017 at 3:14 pm I find joy in many things but one of the biggest sources of joy is my horse, riding, training, and just being around him. I also find joy in my husband of 34 years and my children and grandchildren but the horse is what makes me feel alive every single day. thanks for asking this question it is good to have to think about it. Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) December 8, 2017 at 11:12 am Hello, Anne. Thanks for stopping by! I understand about your equine connection – I’ve been a ‘horse gentler’ in horse rescue capacity (which also used goats as part of their gentling) and a trainer/leader in horse therapy programs for Wounded Warriors. I’m out of the horse loop right now, but your comment is reawakening that deep part of me… 🙂 All the best to you and your horse-friend. Loading... Reply Sue November 30, 2017 at 2:40 pm I find joy is constant if I just look for it, whether it’s in my surroundings or in myself, but when I’m not looking for it, it always finds me when I’m creating things and solving problems. And if I create something to solve a problem, that’s a really joyful high! You seem to me to be a person who feels joy easily. What brings you the most joy, Laura? 🙂 Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) December 2, 2017 at 4:30 pm The act of creation is indeed a source of blissful joy! Didn’t realize how hard a question to answer I asked – HA! But I will try: So much in His creation from teeny creatures (such as those you draw much creative writing inspiration from!) to the vastness of the galaxies…the discovery of connection between strangers…family of course…a perfectly brewed cup of java with a perfectly baked chocolate croissant…kindred spirits…immersion in my mountains…saturated color…a life well-lived and seen in wrinkles & gray hair… Just for a start – HA! Thanks for answering and for asking, Sue. peace Loading... Reply Jane Chesebrough November 26, 2017 at 1:53 pm When I arrive at the building where I am getting training in the morning, it is still dark but the building is lit up with lines of LED lights, different colours, on the edges of the building and that makes me feel good.I think it is quite pretty. Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) November 26, 2017 at 5:52 pm Hi Jane! Good to see you here. There really is nothing like the warmth lights give in and/or around a building surrounded by darkness that feels so welcoming. Hope your training is going well. Loading... Reply Andrea Stephenson November 26, 2017 at 4:02 am Usually it’s the simple things, like spending time walking in nature with my dog. Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) November 26, 2017 at 6:11 am It shows through your photos and writing! Loading... Reply Cindy November 25, 2017 at 8:46 pm My grandchildren! 🙂 Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) November 26, 2017 at 6:10 am 🙂 Loading... Reply Joe Finnerty November 25, 2017 at 2:13 pm Laura, I am happiest when surrounded by my 32 family members ranging in age from 92 (wife) to twin great grand girls (7 months), blessed to have long life, good health and your friendship. Joe Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) November 25, 2017 at 2:40 pm Dear Joe! I know you bring them joy as well…if not a few guffaws. When I recall your stories told with such Irish humor and poignancy, I do smile. 🙂 Your kind friendship began at a very hard time in my life, so the blessing is reciprocal. Loading... Reply Anna Scott Graham November 25, 2017 at 1:56 pm An intriguing query; entertaining my grandson this morning over breakfast, hanging a quilt on the washing line, a post-lunch chocolate, quiet time with my hubby, reading a good book, writing a cohesive paragraph, enjoying an orange-peachy sky at sunrise…. Topping all these is God’s grace. It is truly a wonderful life. 😉 Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) November 25, 2017 at 2:27 pm Mmmm so cozy and true, Anna. wishingyousustainedjoypeace Loading... Reply Andy November 25, 2017 at 1:28 pm Without telling her my, or any other answers, I asked my wife, Jen. Her reply: Seeing my family happy. Then my seven year old son James: His reply: When I score goals in football. Then my ten year old daughter Millie: Her reply: Family, reading and singing My seventeen year old daughter Courtney: Her reply: No conflict. Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) November 25, 2017 at 2:21 pm Wow, I hit the jackpot on this one! Thank them for me, please. I find their answers quite revealing. Bee joyful, Mancs! Loading... Reply Andy November 25, 2017 at 1:16 pm Life. It also brings me sadness too, sometimes. But that’s life. Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) November 25, 2017 at 2:18 pm Agrodolce vita…as we say. Loading... Reply Irene Frances Olson November 25, 2017 at 9:39 am Family. Hiking. Witnessing acts of kindness. Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) November 25, 2017 at 11:56 am And you got to be the recipient of such a sweet and needful act of kindness – I am always especially touched when young men demonstrate such sensitivity. Loading... Reply Jill Weatherholt November 25, 2017 at 4:36 am Being with my family brings me the most joy. 🙂 Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) November 25, 2017 at 11:55 am Yeah, I agree! Hope this weekend is filled with forever moments for you and your loved ones. Loading... Reply Jennie Fitzkee November 24, 2017 at 7:47 pm Music, children, nature, art, and reading. Each one fills my heart, makes me want to get up and go, and gives me pause to be in awe. That is joy! Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) November 25, 2017 at 11:54 am A heart filled to overflowing is awesomely joyful. Thanks for sharing, Jennie. Loading... Reply L. Marie November 24, 2017 at 7:41 pm What a great question, Laura! Loading... Reply L. Marie November 24, 2017 at 7:43 pm I see that the rest of my comment did not go through. So here is the rest: Good conversations bring me joy. I had many of those over Thanksgiving, which I spent with friends. We shared good food and many laughs as we played a board game. All forms of art bring me joy, Especially music and the written word. I have joy when I make it through the writing of a difficult scene. When I’m inspired, I feel joyful. But I’ve also experienced joy in the midst of sorrowful times. Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) November 25, 2017 at 11:52 am Sweet conversation – a rarity these days. So glad this past Thanksgiving gave you that pleasure, Linda. I totally understand about experiencing joy in the midst of sorrow…His Touch, indeed. Loading... Reply laura bruno lilly (Post author) November 25, 2017 at 11:50 am 🙂 Loading... Reply Looking forward to hearing from you! Comments are heartily welcome, but all are moderated so won't automatically show after you press 'post comment'. Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.