Today during Jack’s sermon, he mentioned a phrase I’d never heard before. “Sometimes,” he said, “we need to take a holy pause”.
What if, in order to hear the voice of God or Spirit or Christ or the deep and knowing I AM inside of us, all it takes is a simple pause? A holy pause. A moment of stillness to wait for the winds of our soul to catch up. There is a quote I love by Rumi, “The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear”. And maybe that’s what I’ve been doing these past few months. Pausing. Lingering a little while longer in the hopes that I’ll hear that still small voice1 inside of me. Waiting for an answer.
Waiting for the answer to a question I never asked.
Today I started a new list. I love lists. For me, listmaking ranks somewhere between toasting gluten free smores over a crackling campfire and receiving handwritten postcards in the mail. I’m calling it my “JOY List” since it’s a list of things that bring me pure joy. The concept of a joy list isn’t new or ground-breaking. You can search “joy list” on Google and find lots of how-to posts and even personal stories of strength and grief relating to the term. Go ahead…I’ll wait.
See? Did you happen to come across the story of little Charlotte who earned her angel wings on November 30th? I spent some time there today. Reading about the precious little stranger who only crossed my path because of a search algorithm. Charlotte reminded me while life is short, joy is everywhere if you stop…pause…and look.
But let me go back and explain why I started the JOY List in the first place. After 37 years of trying to be the person I thought I was supposed to be, I am ready to meet the real me – to make friends with myself. To learn what I like (not what I like because someone else likes it or because it’s what I think I’m supposed to like), what I want, what I believe, and most importantly what brings me JOY.
Our only finite resource in this life is time. And what we pay attention to – how we spend our time – will ultimately make up our days, months, years – our lives will be measured by what we chose to attend to. My teacher says, “Attention is the most concrete expression of love. What you pay attention to thrives. What you do not pay attention to withers and dies…. Where do you invest your time, your life, and your love, knowing that whatever you pay attention to thrives?2“
I am choosing to attend to my own joy. I’m choosing to take a holy pause and listen. Would you like to join me?Download Printable JOY List
Let’s bring more joy into our lives together!