thoughts of Joy

“If nature has made you a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart. And though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that.”

-Frances Hodgson Burnett

I love this time of year.  I find my senses heightened and tuned to the subtle vibrations of joy.  I’m talking about a walking-around, tiny-bubbles, effervescent kind of joy ~ not the explosive noisy type.   I’ve learned that I can summon this feeling with intention and I can also create it by photographing.  One such experience happened the first time I used a Lensbaby.  I’m not a gadget/gimmick/tricky photographer….but I do enjoy creative exploration.  So I popped on a loaned lensbaby and started shooting, just to see.   I like that idea “just to see”.  How many times have we learned things that were transformative just because we were curious?  And how much joy did that bring? 

Regarding the opening quote:  it’s not unusual that as a photographer my “hands are empty” but it is true that my heart is always full.  This year I’ve been busy making prints and cards for friends and family as gifts.  Then I thought I should take that one step further.  I’m sending boxes of cards to some local nursing homes.  While the residents don’t often have the ability to shop, many still write and send cards to family and friends.  I know that you all have great ideas of your own that spread the joy of this season.  Tell me about them!  And remember:  a thing of beauty is a joy forever. 

….some lensbaby joy:

2 Responses to “thoughts of Joy”

  1. November 29, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Thank you for reminding me to read your blog. It definitely added fairy dust to the weekend, when anything that lightens my overeating load is welcome.

    Many years ago, I started a Book of Thanks as our Grateful Day tradition. I ask a question that is thoughtful yet hopeful, and each diner responds. This year’s query was to write about a gift of word or deed that made someone’s life brighter. Your posting cradles this notion with hands to heart to hands with your card gift. How elegant and how important to remind us all that we have the capacity to make life joyful.

    Emerson said, “Scatter joy.” A lovely cuplet. Your words and lensbaby imagery surely did for me today.


  2. November 29, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Hello Honey,
    Thank you for your comments and for reading….Your recent posts about your Grateful Day activities really started me thinking about what I could do with my empty hands/full heart.
    Scatter joy….I’ll keep that one in my harvest of ideas. big hug.

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