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The Power of Joy
Savor as Much of Life as You Can
by: Nancy Werteen
“Why are you SO OLD?” The voice of youth. My 12-year-old asked me this question quite innocently the other day. Everyone seems old when you’re a kid. But she’s right, I am on the older scale which she proved by following up with, “I mean you’re WAY older than all of my friend’s moms.” Guilty. “Why did you wait so long to have me?” A complicated question. We had one child and everything seemed perfect. Why rock the boat? So I told her, back then we couldn’t decide so we said a prayer and God gave her to us.
 
She looked at me and rolled her eyes, “and you did that THING”. Guilty again. Yeah…we did that too. But my point is, we did wait. Life just flew by and we turned around and my biological clock’s alarm started to sound.
 
When your kids are little and someone says, “It goes so fast”,  you don’t believe it. You’re up at night with someone vomiting or spiking a fever and you think, “This is NOT fast enough!”
 
But you turn around and they’re all grown up and those difficult stages just disappear. My mom always used to delight in everything the kids did. “Oh look how cute,” she’d say. She still says that actually. But she always reminded me to stop and listen and look and take it in-no matter how tired or frustrated I was. Wow was she right. You know you can't go back. And I realize now that you have to savor as much of life as you can. 

So after that talk, my daughter and I sat out back and looked at the clouds. She saw a giraffe and I saw a bear...and we were together...and happy. 
 
Nuggets of Wisdom
From:  Arielle Bair/MSW, hospice worker, widow
Nancy Werteen:  What have you learned about finding joy in your life?

Arielle Bair/MSW, hospice worker, widow: "I like the quote, 'Happiness is an inside job'. I think no matter what happens to you, you can still choose to be happy or to live your life a certain way no matter what the circumstances are."
The Power of Why
Enjoying Life vs. Getting Through It
by: Kim Howie
We all experience highs and lows in life.  It’s easy to be joyful during the high times, but the challenge is to remain joyful even in the low times, and find the gift in each new day.  I’ve come to the conclusion that joy is not just an emotion, but rather it is an attitude and a way of BEing.
 
Every day I set the intention to stay present in the moment and find joy in life by focusing my attention on positive aspects.  Some days this is easy while other days it is more challenging.  For that reason, I have been working for several years now to build awareness around triggers that keep me stuck in a pattern of negativity.  Oftentimes this happens when I am focused on the past or longing for the future.  

I find that awareness is the first step to change.  In this process of building awareness, I became aware of something that I hadn't realized I did quite often.  I noticed myself thinking (and even saying) "I just need to get through               (you can fill in the blank with the holidays, this day, or some event that was challenging for me). I realized that I was not enjoying life, but rather just “getting through it”.

Once I became aware of this joy-limiting behavior, I started to work on replacing those negative thoughts and feelings with ones of excitement around the action that I was identifying as challenging.  This involved changing the lens and looking at those challenges as opportunities for growth and expansion, ways to learn a new set of skills and strengthen my joy muscle.  
 
This is a work in progress, one that I continue to monitor and hope to someday master!
The Power of Now
The WC News and Events
We are so thrilled with the wonderful turn out for our Kick-Off Celebration.  The joyful energy in the room was simply contagious!  We are looking forward to our first forum, The Healing Power of Joy, scheduled for June 2nd at 10 AM the Saucon Valley Country Club. Click here to learn more about the event and reserve your tickets.  

 
Stay tuned for the release of our newest podcast episode with Liz Jordon, who will be a panelist at our June 2nd event.  Click here to subscribe to our Well of Wisdom podcast on iTunes (we are excited to announce that we just made the “New and Noteworthy” list.)  We'd be so grateful if you would provide a rating and leave a comment as this helps our ranking on iTunes.  Thank you in advance for your support! 
The Who Behind The Wisdom Coalition
The Wisdom Coalition, LLC has been created by Kim Howie, Certified Health Coach, author, and designer of the Pure Energy Program, and Nancy Werteen, television news reporter and anchor with WFMZ-TV-69, currently producing a series called, “Life Lessons” which focuses on health and wellness tips, along with guidance and support from advising partner, Heather Rodale, VP of Community Outreach and a member of the Board of Directors for Rodale Inc., as well as founder of the not-for-profit organization, Healing Through The Arts.

The Wisdom Coalition has an amazing Board of Advisors with diverse skills who provide advice and support.

Our Mission: To create a collaborative community to help women flourish, thrive, and find joy in the journey of life.

Our Basis:  We believe in the power of women supporting other women and the wisdom we all have to teach one another how to find joy in the journey of life.
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