What Does it Mean to Find Joy?
As I write my last president’s letter, I find myself reflecting over the last year and all the things that have happened. While many things have created challenges, I asked the question, “where was the joy”? I looked up the definition of joy and found:
Joy - The emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires, The expression or exhibition of such emotion, a state of happiness or felicity, a source or cause of delight.
What I realized is that it was the little things that percolated to the top of the list. The walks outside, date night with my husband at home, the phone calls or zoom with friends and family, going through old pictures with my mom, sitting outside with my granddaughters and daughters, reconnecting with cousins and I could go on. Finding creative ways to do things that made me smile helped me through the hard part. While there have been things that I have not been able to do, focusing on what I could shifted the situation to something more positive.
As you think about joy, I invite you to think about the following questions:
· What are things that bring you joy?
· What does it mean to find joy?
· Where can I find joy in the little things?
I have found joy in being part of the wonderful ICF Minnesota Coaching Community and serving on the ICF Minnesota board as your President this last year. It has been an honor and something I will always remember. The opportunity to work with so many strong and supportive board members has been a blessing. My hope is that I have made an impact in some small way to each of you in the coaching community. I am looking forward to continuing to serve next year as Past President and know that the ICF Minnesota chapter is in good hands as Cheryl Hegland steps into the President role.
I wish all of you a Happy Holiday Season with family and friends!
President ICF Minnesota Chapter