What's in a Name?
Monday, September 15, 2014
Today, I thought I'd share with you how I came up with my SparkName McJoyful.
No - the Mc is not a tribute to the golden arches - it's the first two letters of my last name.
My middle name really is Joy, but the Joyful part of my name is a reminder to me. It's what I want to be. I want to be able to be joyful in all circumstances. It doesn't mean that my life is rosy or free from struggles. It doesn't mean that I sugar-coat or turn a blind eye to issues. But it's a decision that no matter what comes my way, I can choose joy. Joy in knowing that God, who created me, loves me no matter what - right where I am today - not someday - right now. Joy in knowing that nothing comes my way without passing through my Father's hands. Joy in knowing that this life's troubles are temporary - this too shall pass - that I have an eternal life to look forward to. Jesus is the reason for my joy - in good times and bad.
Don't get me wrong - I have a good life, but eternal life is going to be even better. And sometimes I need a reminder to be joyful - what better reminder than for it to be my name.
The same thing goes for my profile picture (no that's not my dog, I found it on the net) - it's a reminder of how I want to live. I'm not there yet, but I'm working on it. Every time I see that little guy flying through the air, it makes me smile.
I don't know about for you, but sometimes the negativity around me can be a bit overwhelming. It's draining to say the least. And I have a choice - I can choose to let it consume me or I can choose joy. I choose joy.
There are enough critics out there. There are enough people willing to point out faults. I am well aware of my faults, I really don't need someone else pointing them out. And sometimes it's difficult to maintain a positive attitude when you are around negativity. And sometimes I need the reminders to choose joy.
That's why I love SparkPeople! The focus here is on positive change and encouragement. It's not on what we can't do, it's what we can do to move forward towards our goals. It's not about blaming us or shaming us to make changes, it's about loving ourselves enough to make the changes. It's not about becoming someone else, it's about becoming the best me I can be.
I'm McJoyful and I choose joy.