So, since posting my last post, I booked a flight and flew out to the funeral and returned home late last night. Last week felt like the longest week ever. Not necessarily because it was bad; it's just that way too much happened for it to have only been one week.
But here I am again, so it must have been just a week all the same.
And my inspiration again comes from my grandma. Or her funeral, really.
All nine of her children and almost all of their spouses shared a memory and some thoughts on their mother at the funeral. It made for a long funeral, but I felt privileged to hear so many different view points on the same wonderful person. They all love her and admire her, but each in his or her own way.
And almost, if not all, of them closed their remarks with something along these lines, "And I hope to one day be just like her."
One of her best friends spoke and she said the same thing.
What a wonderful tribute!
And it got me thinking--what a great idea. Find a Joy Model.
Someone (or preferably multiple someones) you know who seems to have high levels of joy. And emulate them.
My grandma is definitely one of my joy models, as I'm sure you could guess. Another one is actually my former self. From about 16-19, I was one of the happiest people I knew. It's not like I had it all figured out back then, but I did pretty well in the joy category. I spent a lot of my time listening to and trying to help others--something that has always brought me joy, but sometimes I think I'm too busy now. And I was pretty laid back and mellow. Not so much these days. So, I'm trying to be more like my teenage self, in that sense.
What about you? Who are your joy models? Why? What do you admire most about them? What is it about the way they live their life that makes them a model for you?
If you don't have someone--go out and find them this week! And please share!