Recently I interviewed the wonderful Bonnie St. John for ParentLife magazine. Believe me when I tell you: This woman radiates joy! Her dazzling smile and dancing eyes belie the traumatic childhood and tremendous obstacles she has encountered throughout her life. She is an Olympic champion, a Rhodes Scholar, and an accomplished business woman. During the Clinton administration, she served as a Director for the National Economic Council. Today she is a sought-after motivational speaker and the author of several books, including Live Your Joy. Oh, and btw--she's accomplished all this on one leg. Bonnie's right leg was amputated when she was all of five years old.
How does Bonnie define something as elusive as joy? “Joy is very different from happiness or pleasure,” she explains. “Happiness is more about how my overall life is going. It is about experiencing sensations that come from the outside in. But joy comes from the inside out: hope, confidence, friendship, and faith. Joy, or the lack of it, permeates every aspect of your life.”
Bonnie recommends that everyone have a Joy First-Aid Kit! The idea behind this joy box is pretty simple: Fill a bag or basket with items that always bring a smile to your face. When you are having a bad day, pull it out. (You may remember doing this as a child, filling an old box with treasures and browsing through it when you were lonely or bored.)
Want to win a copy of Bonnie's latest book, Live Your Joy? I've got one to GIVE AWAY! All you need to do is leave a comment listing at least three things that you would put in your joy box! Oh, and please be sure to check out my new rules for giveaways! If you don't leave a way for me to contact you, then I can't contact you! (duh!) And if I don't hear from you in three days' time, the prize goes to someone else!
What would go in my joy box?
- Pictures of my husband and my kids
- Cards from my parents
- Richie Rabbit (a stuffed animal that Rich gave me when we first started dating)
- Some of the funny cards and pictures my kids have made for me as they have been growing up
- A yellow lei that an army wife gave me when I spoke at Fort Campbell several years ago
- sand from New Smyrna Beach
I'm sure that I will think of more things as I read all that you guys come up with! Oh, I'd probably put a coupon in there, too! A guy at church told me that my search for that elusive bargain is akin to his search for certain baseball cards. (Hmmm, well, now that you mention it, I might put my Arod baseball card in there, too...)
I can't wait to see what y'all come up with!
THIS GIVEAWAY WILL GO THROUGH MIDNIGHT THURSDAY, AUGUST 20th. THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY, AUGUST 24th!