JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 160 :: the joy of being

8 Jun
{moments}

It’s Friday.

Which has me sitting here contemplating the week we just completed and the week ahead. Tomorrow, we head down past Seattle to Kent to celebrate the life of the queen of adventure, Aunt Nancy. Next weekend we will celebrate the wedding of Andy and Courtney, with a long-awaited gala in Maine. And, as I sit here tonight, I can’t help but remember that today marks the first full week we have lived without our #1 Pup.

It’s the circle of life. The shifting seasons. This wild ride.

It reminds me to look forward as much as to look back and reflect. It also has me thinking about joy. The importance of keeping joy in your head and love in your heart during all the moments of life – the big, the small, the confusing, the heart-breaking and all the miracles in between.

Here’s to the joy of life and the adventure of this crazy ride we call being a human being.   

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{be}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 159 :: the joy of familiar

7 Jun
{voices}

In my latest Netflix binge I’m catching up with David Letterman and his guests on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. Just hearing his iconic voice brings me to a place of good humor and intrinsic trust.

In it, Letterman is doing what he does best, interviewing others with respect, humor and pointed questions. For me, it brings me right back to a time when watching television was a family activity. It was the hub of information, and the hosts were our trusted advisors. Even in the late of night, their voices were as familiar as a neighbor, as if they held a spot at the dinner table because after dessert there was TV.

We are far from those days now with a plethora of channels and screens and hosts and bloggers and fake news and noise.

It reminds me that sometimes just a familiar voice is all you need to tap into a reservoir of joy. Even if it is someone you have never really met.   

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 158 :: hold onto your joy

6 Jun
{protect it}

Tonight I had dinner poolside as the sun was setting. It’s such a simple joy but so worth the effort. I mean, the pool is always there…. why not?

It has me thinking about joyfulness. And how important it is for us to protect it, guard it, and nourish it.

Maybe it can be as simple and easy as sitting poolside watching the sunset.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 157 :: thoughts of joy

5 Jun
{no plans}

It’s funny how much time I spend planning, and then how much joy I get from the spontaneous (good) surprises in life. It has me thinking that sometimes, joy is not having a plan.  But it’s so hard to plan on that! How ironic.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{spontaneous joy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 156 :: joy of lawn games

4 Jun
{games}

Tonight we played lawn games in a spontaneous, last-minute gathering. It was fun and full of joy. And… it was on a school night!

That reminds me that the best of games are played on nights when you have to go to bed on time. It forces you to pack it all in and soak up as much sun before it sets as possible.

Part of en-joying things in life is going along with it all, letting it be spontaneous and free. For us, that meant a seriously entertaining ladder ball tournament on the lawn with two little girls who aren’t quite so little anymore, but whose personalities grow bigger by the day. What joy it is to watch these little beings grow. 

En
joy the night.   

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{spontaneously}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 155 :: just a little patience

3 Jun
{ahhhh}

Joy is teaching me patience. And to relax. Not in that order.

Today we said goodbye to our water heater. When I went to take a shower there was no hot water, and then, as we inspected the heating unit we found it was leaky, rusted and pretty much kaput. I thought it was on fire — Justin assures me it was just a few wires sparking. He handled it all with poise and patience as I ran around naked in a bathing robe trying to help but just getting in the way.

Nevertheless, the leaky unit is gone and we have a new one. (And hot water again, thank you very much!)

Not the best way to spend a Sunday. Not planned. And yet, with a little bit of patience we have even hotter water than ever before. And that’s what I call joy.  

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{hot water}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 154 :: puppy joy

2 Jun
{smile}

Nothing can bring out a smile better than a puppy. Serendipitously, we found both today.

My day started by looking out the back sliding door. I was thinking of Pup, and all the times we walked the grass out that door, and how strange everything feels without him around. Then, out of nowhere a little blue hummingbird flew right in front of the window, up to the tree and then disappeared. A hummingbird! I have never seen a hummingbird out the door, or windows, or anywhere on our grounds at all.

“It’s a message from Pup!” I exclaimed and excitedly relayed what I saw to Justin. Then I looked up the symbolic meaning of hummingbirds:

It is not commonly known that the fluttering wings of the hummingbird move in the pattern of an infinity symbol – further solidifying their symbolism of eternity, continuity, and infinity. … The prime message of the hummingbird animal totem is: “The sweetest nectar is within!”

My heart leapt with joy. It was a message from Pup. He was telling us that he is okay, we will always be connected and it’s okay to move on.

So we continued our day. Beginning with a stop at Pet Smart to find Brady a new bed. After losing Pup he’s seemed a little lost. So we are, of course, spoiling him with attention and treats. It only seemed fair that he should get a new bed, just for him.

We headed to Pet Smart. Where there was a whole crop of tiny little puppies. They were adorable and all cuddled up next to each other, so of course, everyone wanted to pick them up.

As I knelt next to the makeshift coup created in the middle of the Pet Smart aisle, about to pick up an adorable and squirmy little puppy I heard a little voice behind me. It was a girl. She wanted to see the puppies. I turned and smiled at her and said, “Do you want to pet the puppies?” She nodded. I moved out of the way.

Then, her dad picked up one of the black, furry pups and placed it in her arms. She was so tiny, the pup almost dwarfed her. But her smile was bigger than both her and the puppy combined.   

I really can’t think of anything more joyous to witness. A little one holding a little one. My heart beat harder and it made me smile right back at her. What joy!

And exactly what that hummingbird’s message was all about: life goes on and the sweetest nectar is within….our hearts.  

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{heart joy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 153 :: travel joy

1 Jun
{rocking}

While waiting in SeaTac airport today I found a moment of joy. It was as simple as rocking in a rocking chair. SeaTac has a row of rocking chairs in the airporter waiting area and all I could think was… brilliant!

Just rocking back and forth brings me such relaxation. And reminds me of Mama Sling. What a beautiful and joyful combination!

Rock on.
More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 152 :: joyful hugs

31 May
{hugs}

There is so much joy in a good hug. I know because I come from a lineage of great huggers – including my dear Mama Sling. She gave the best hugs. Even when I thought I didn’t need one. It didn’t stop her – she always knew that deep down inside I wanted one of her big bear hugs.

No. Actually. She knew I needed it.

So, tonight, I was thrilled to get a hug. From a dear friend. Who I haven’t seen in so very long. But time holds no space between friends and hugs.

Sometimes the best joy is the simple things.
Like a great hug.

Joy is hugging a friend. So… go hug someone!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{free hugs}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 151 :: joyful love

30 May
{grace}

I am so overwhelmed with love today. So many beautiful notes and messages from friends about saying goodbye to Pup. You don’t know how much it means to me…

….well maybe you do.

It seems that losing a cherished pet is a universal exercise in grief. And in so many ways a connection from the animal world straight to the heart of the matter.

There is so much in this world that is hard to agree on, but, not when it comes to saying goodbye to those we love. Especially our pets.

That is an exercise in love. And in joy, there is always love.
Thanks for the love. I will repay the favor when and if the day comes.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{love}
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