What’s In Your Name?

Have you ever stopped and thought about what your name means? I did very recently.

Having been given the name “Joy” you would think that it was a given, and that part is, but what about the rest of my name?

I have to thank Rebecca Campbell, author of “Light is the New Black” for the inspiration for delving deeper into the meaning of my name.

Before I go any further I would like to include the names that I have been known by during my almost 60 years of life.

I grew up with the name Joy Elizabeth Gill.

When I married, I was reluctant to give up my maiden name, and so I became Joy-Elisabeth Rivett-Gill. So many hyphens, I almost wore it out on my keyboard.

Joy as I said is a given. Deep happiness that comes from within.

Elisabeth/Elizabeth This name has it’s roots in Hebrew, meaning God is my oath, or God’s promise

Gill, to my surprise is Hebrew again, a given name or byname, meaning Joy or Gladness

Wow so I had grown up with double Joy held together by God’s promise. How awesome was that?

At the grand old age of 49 ½ I married a Rivett, and went by the name of Joy-Elisabeth Rivett-Gill.

Now I had double Joy and God’s Promise Rivetted together, til death do us part.

I felt so blessed, after all the trials and tribulations that I had gone through in life, it was so reassuring that my name had always had my back. I had goosebumps and an inner joy.

But then I recalled that for 4 years, until I was adopted into the Gill family, I had been a Smith.

When I sat and contemplated that name, I didn’t think that things could get any better, but God’s promise just kept on flowing.

A smith is someone who works on an unrefined piece of metal, and turns it into something beautiful and/or useful. A blacksmith puts a piece of iron through the heat, to turn it into a horseshoe or a pair of gates. A goldsmith takes an un-furnaced piece of gold, applies heat and turns it into a piece of cherished jewellery.

Joysmith takes a broken, unrefined person who has lost the joy in their life, and puts them through the fire of life, and creates a beautiful soul, one aligned to joy.

I am in the process of writing a self-help book based on my experiences of working as a nurse and a Chiropractor. 40 years of working has shown me that so many physical signs and symptoms have trauma at it’s roots. Joy has developed a step-by-step process to help you overcome them, and return to a state of joy.

Are you ready to take the first step? Join Joy in the Aligned with Joy community on facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/alignedwithjoycommunity/

Nhat Hanh Saying on Joy and Smiles

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