This week I was asked to run a meditation for a large company having it’s regional retreat here in DC. The theme of this retreat is Joy and Laughter. Two of my favorite things. This request also coincided with a certain level of personal crabbiness, you know the kind that happens sometimes for no particular reason, despite ourselves.

I am one of those people who typically likes to embrace my crabby moods.

I always believe that allowing myself to be congruent with a thought or feeling leads me to the fast track of liberating myself from it.

I am also one of those people who does not like to operate from a place of crabbiness, though my husband and children might debate this with vigor.

So, where am I going with all this? The answer is, that I am going right to joy.

Joy is not a constant state of being, even when one views life as joyful. Joy is the clouds clearing from a crabby mood, the ability to laugh at oneself and acknowledge who we are in a moment. Joy is the fact that there are others who are there to share it with us. Joy is a group of regional managers who want to be their best selves, for themselves and their co-workers. Joy is the small things in life that give us moments of well-being, something that is so irregular and inconsistent that it’s value only deepens. Joy comes to us when we acknowledge it and let it fill us up. It is something we all carry within us to keep for ourselves and to give to others.

And just like that, my crabby mood is gone and here I am sitting with a big goofy grin on my face. : )

In the spirit of Joy and Laughter, I look forward to seeing each and every one of you on the cushions this week.