J is for Joy

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

Thank you for reading this post. Wishing you Love and Joy in your life.

Blessings and Joy, Joy

Hay House

In the early 1990’s I was introduced to a book that was going to revolutionise my view on health and healing. I had been a nurse for about 13 years and was now dipping my toe into the waters of alternative health. Growing up I had no experience of anything other than main stream medicine, although I was rarely ill other than the usual childhood complaints, chicken pox, measles, mumps and one ear infection that I can recall. I still cannot abide the taste of cherry or banana flavourings, the taste of anti-biotic medicine.

The book was Louise Hay’s “You Can Heal Your Life” and it introduced me to a whole way of thinking about the human body and how it reflects the areas in your life which require addressing for health and healing to occur.

It has influenced my practice in my chiropractic career for over 20 years now. I believe that when Louise first wrote it, she decided to publish it herself. Whether that was because she could not find a publishing house to take it on, or whether she was ahead of her time, maybe one of my readers can enlighten me. It is now a big concern with authors Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson and Wayne Dyer on their books.

When I tell people the story of my parents, how they met, drifted apart and then came back together again later in life, people often tell me I should write a book about it, that it has more thrill and complexity than a storyline from Eastenders. It is something that I have considered doing at some point. But where do you start? Well a very good place to start is with an online 7 day writer’s challenge run by Hay House back in July.

There was lots of helpful hints and tips on how to start to think as a writer and author. I would never have even thought about imagining my book on a bookshelf in a shop, and which 2 books would it be sandwiched between on a bookshelf. And as for hooks, I thought they were something you used to catch fish, not readers.

Those 7 hours, an hour a day bought me such joy, knowing that there is a process to book writing and if you follow it, then a book will appear after a lot of hard work and perseverance. It is now my intention to write a book or two in the next 6 to 12 months. I have even set my intention down in writing and hung it on my intention and gratitude tree.

This post is part of an A to Z Challenge, entitled Finding Joy in Lockdown.

I hope you enjoyed reading it. Please follow more to hear more about my self development during 2020 and beyond. If you would like to join the Aligned with Joy Community on facebook you can do here

Love in the Sacred Garden

This week we are looking at the Fruit of the Spirit, in the Sacred Garden. The first is Love, and these 3 quotes and passages were contemplated upon.

Love is the most universal, the most tremendous and the most mystical of cosmic forces. Love is the primal and universal psychic energy. Love is the sacred reserve of energy. It is like the blood of spiritual evolution.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God-for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending His only son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love, it is not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No-one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us and his love has been brought to full expression through us. And God has given us His Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.

1 John 4 v 7-13 NLT

Your tsk is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

Rumi

Do you have a favourite passage or quote on Love? I would love to hear it.

Tomorrow we are looking at Joy.

I hope you will come back and read my thoughts on that too.

Blessings and Joy, Joy x

Porters and Guides

Are you like me, you like to do things on your own terms? Maybe you’re a starseed, never feeling quite at home or comfortable where you are, never quite fitting in. If so you are not alone, but you may need to hear this.

I love hillwalking, I love being out in nature, high up, admiring the view. My happy place was on Tuesdays. Heading out to the hills, all located within a 2 hour drive from my home in Scotland. But if I was honest, I preferred to do them on my own. I held people back, I wanted to enjoy the journey admire the views as they changed, not just race to the top, and then head straight home again.

When I went to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro, I learnt 2 big lessons. One was that no matter what you do, altitude sickness can get you, and put a stop to your ambitions.

Secondly without a certain group of people, I wouldn’t have gotten as far as I did. Those people are the Porters and Guides who accompanied us. It was very humbling to be in their presence. Yes they had an awesome “office”, but they had the likes of me to put up with. They are all stars in my eyes. They worked tirelessly carrying our belongings as well as all the food and water, cooking equipment and portaloos up and down the mountain-side, and they do it with a smile on their face. Each night when the team got into camp they were greeted with singing. I only managed to first day, as all the following days I was so behind everyone else, they had stopped the singing and dancing and were onto other duties. It is the thing that makes me the saddest, when I reflect back on that trip, that I missed the singing and dancing.

3 guides I spent an inordinately long period of time with, and can mention them by name. There were others that were the rest of my party, so I didn’t get to know them so well. During the evenings, when everybody else was around the mess tent, bonding and gelling, I was laying down, recovering from the days walk. I saw little of the mess tent after the second day. Despite huge attempts by some of the party, I was left to my own company in my tent. This was a shame as it meant I didn’t get a chance to speak to the porters much. To be a guide, you started as a porter for 3 years, and we were encouraged to speak to them, to help them with their english.

So a big shout goes to Benson and Sticky who got me as far up the mountain as was possible., occassionally literally dragging me up, as the altitude sickness just made me want to sit down and sleep.

Ayoub who escorted me off the mountain, and subsequently looked after me, taking me to clinics and internet cafes to get the necessary paperwork, before I could come home.

I am often asked if I have unfinished business on Kilimanjaro. I don’t think so. Sometimes you just have to accept that you may not realise the dream you set out to do. That is the unfinished business that I have. Coming to terms that there are places that we set out for, but never reach our destination. The real learning is in the journey. The last donation before I set out came with a message.

So what has this got to do with your spiritual development? Well sometimes you just have to admit that you need help. Without the expertise and knowledge of a team of people, I would have failed very early on. Self-awareness, self-development, dealing with trauma and experiences in life that can hold you back from experiencing joy in your life need a guide sometimes. That is why I am currently writing a book to help you overcome situations that are holding you back. Sometimes it may feel as though you have a mountain to climb, and from my experience you do. Sometimes you will need a little help carrying some of your baggage, and sometimes you might need dragging along, as it feels as though the oxygen has been sucked out of you. But using my book as a guide-book, we will get you along the track for a memorable experience.

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Blessings and Joy, Joy

The mountain teams are seriously hit economically by the health crisis, which has gripped the world in 2020. If you are enjoying this blog please consider donating to the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project here This is a fund set up to help with finances and training. To become a guide takes, time, money and dedication and they need our help now, more than ever.

I Remember When……

………was a writing prompt given to me as part of the Hay House Writer’s Community Assignment. Like many people, I have been told that my life story would make a good book, and so in this time of “plenty of time on my hands” I thought now was the time to look into it. And so I joined in Hay House’s 7 day online writing challenge at the end of July, and then joined their community soon after.

The idea of a writing prompt is that you set a timer for 7 minutes, and write freely from the given prompt. Before I sat down to do this one, I mulled over in my head what I would write about. Would it be “I remember when…..you could see people’s faces when you went shopping”, or “you shook a stranger’s hand when you were introduced to them”? Would I be taken back in time to a childhood memory, of a summer holiday maybe?

Just before I started the timer, I drew a Starseed oracle card, and this shaped my writing as I will explain after my freefall writing

This is my 7 minute writing:

I remember when…..it felt like we had the freedom to travel wherever and whenever we chose, but that freedom was an illusion. We were restricted by so many things, ferry timetables, plane schedules, and of course, the ability to pay for the tickets. When we got to a new destination, we were reliant on a museum, art gallery or park being open. I remember when I eagerly looked forward to holidays, exploring new places, new cultures, a chance to visit fantastic natural wonders. But this was only when the tour companies ran their tours, or when the coach, bus, train etc was going. Even having the ability to drive, we relied on petrol stations being open along the way to ensure that you had enough petrol. We were not free to just wander in, as and when we liked. Our freedom was an illusion.

I remember when trips to the seaside meant going on the coach that was arranged by your dad’s work, for their summer outing. I remember the train to Swansea. Looking forward to getting to the tunnel, the highlight of the journey, when the whole outside world became pitch black and you could see yourself reflected back in the train window.

(END of seven minute timer)

Prior to this writing prompt, I felt drawn to the Starseed Oracle and drew the card “Hiraeth” a Welsh word for “longing for home” or homesickness. The booklet explains “This yearning can lead some Starseeds to travel to find a physical place that feels more like home” I was reminded of the woman who I worked with in London, who asked me what I was running away from, with all my yearning to travel? That question resonated with me, and set me on a path to discover what it was I was running from. But not for another 7 or 8 years. It took a tragic episode in my life before I really started to understand what it was that I was running from and finally start to unpick the past, and realise what it was. It was “the fire of life” which has turned me into the star that I am.

For many years I thought of myself as a diamond. Once I started to discover my self-worth, I saw myself as something that had been formed from immense pressures, but maybe in reality I am a star. I know very little about stars, and how they come into being, but I have a feeling I am about to learn a whole lot more. if you, my reader know anything about them, please share in the comments.

As I removed the Hiraeth card from the pack, another card was revealed, the “I remember” card. It struck me as pertinent that it was “hidden” behind the Hiraeth one, just as I was about to write with a prompt “I remember when…..” I thought that sometimes what we seek needs a little bit of searching for, God doesn’t always put it right under our noses, it is not always right on top and obvious. So I read about that card too.

“There was a moment before you were born, when you chose the conditions of life you’re living right now!…..We live in a world of free will….it takes courage and faith to take the destiny path that your Soul has chosen.”

Well reading that made me realise how far my Soul has come on it’s journey. Several years ago I would have been angry at the thought that I had “chosen” to be adopted, chosen to live the life that I had. OK when you are an adult you can chose what to do. But as a child? Can I really say “I chose” that experience? Several years ago I would have said no, but now, when I reflect on the fire that I have gone through, to make me a JoySmith, then I accept that it was necessary, and welcome the moulding that that experience has given me.

“Are you strong enough to follow your destiny, to trust the path your Soul is calling you to?” Hell YEH!

Let’s free fall through space, through the stars, and let’s see where it takes us.

“You’re being invited to remember your Souls greater plan and to surrender to it”

You, the reader, if you are still with me, will possibly not understand the joy that this brings me, the feeling of excitement. The excitement of stepping onto a path where few, if any have gone before.

I am standing on the threshold of going somewhere new…to the stars. My friend in London asked the wrong question, when she asked me what I was running away from. I wasn’t running away from anything, I was trying to find a place that I could call home.

On my earthly travels, I have often wondered how it must have felt for all those early explorers, going out into the unknown. Were they scared?

Possibly, but did they feel what I am feeling right now…excited…bursting with anticipation…full of joy..of going somewhere where no earthly person has gone before.

I AM GOING HOME

Staycation Anniversay

Anniversary Lunch onboard the Seaflower of Skye

2020 was supposed to see us cruising out of San Francisco, for our tenth wedding anniversary, heading for the Bay of Alaska, but the whole world has been held hostage by a microscopic alien, apparently from China, so we had to thnk again for somewhere to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversay.

It was touch and go as to whether or not we would be going anywhere. Restrictions had been put on places to stay, things to do and places to go, with many of them still closed and uncertainty hung over the date of when they would be allowed to re-open, like a threatening grey cloud. We spent most of June wondering if we could get away at all. Eventually our leaders deemed it safe for self-catering accomodation to open on Friday 3rd July. Unfortunately our leaders took the decision to not allow any eateries to open until the following Monday, unless they were take-aways, so for the first weekend, you could stay in self-catering, and well, self-cater! No eating out in a restaurant, the alien knew where to find you if you ate out, best to stay in.

Gradually the news started to come in that restaurants could open up, along with some activities, so we breathed a sigh of relief as we could now plan with some certainty to go to the Isle of Skye for a five day break.

We had pinned our hopes on the Seaflower Skye boat trip being operational too, to spend our anniversary on a boat, and being taken out to the small island of Rona, just an hours journey from the harbour town of Portree. It went right up to the wire. Their first trip after a 4 month enforced break was on 21st July. We were due to go out on the 24th.

On the morning of our anniversary, the god’s and sun were shining on us, as we made our way from the Lambing Shed to Portree, a drive of just under an hour, to head for the harbour, to meet up with the crew of Seaflower Skye, Ewen and Janice.

We were asked to meet at 10.50 am for an 11am start. After knowing my husband for almost 14 years, I know how much it means to him to turn up in plenty of time, and so we had 30 minutes to wait, and spent 15 of those pottering around a gift shop, looking at my favourite Skye keepsakes, art by Cath Waters. We almost drove past her front-door on Skye, but her studio was closed due to this pesky alien, so we left the shop with a promise to come back after our boat trip and buy some mementoes.

Arriving at the meeting point still ahead of time, we waited. Ewen arrive slightly late, apologetic, with the explanation that the seagulls had taken to do some magnificent artwork on the deck overnight. My mind conjured up images of broad white strokes of paint, intermingled with streaks of grey, and I was reminded that long ago, guano would have been collected to soften leather. I assume that Ewen just used soap and water to wash the deck down and didn’t collect it to send to the tanners, although the way 2020 is going, returning to the simplicity of the past, is very inviting in some instances. maybe not in this one though.

The sparkling clean Seaflower Skye has the capacity for 12 guests, but we were lucky enough to only have 4 couples signed up for our trip, so with all the social distancing in place, it meant we could all have our own space and table, for both the trip and for lunch.

We were welcomed on board by Janice, the skipper’s mate, who kept us safe and entertained with her Irish wit and charm, running first through the safety features and then with island history as we sailed past the bigger island of Rasaay, and then the history behind the inhabitants of Rona. Binoculars and budweisers were available to add to the enjoyment of our trip. As we came closer to our destination, seals were spotted sunning themselves on the rocks.

Sunning Seals

Coming alongside the jetty, and after finally securing the boat, the crew needed 10 minutes to set up for lunch, so we all set off for a wee walk, whilst that was being done.

Lunch preparations underway whilst we walked and took in the View.

When we returned, lunch was all laid out, and looked devine. Lunch consisted of langoustines caught fresh by the skipper’s brother, accompanied by two different types of salmon, a fresh salad and fresh bread all washed down with a chilled glass of wine. This was turning out to be a memorable day indeed, for all the right reasons. Ewen gave us a demonstration on how to get the meat out of a langoustine, whilst Janice told us tales of how most of the catch caught around Scotland, ends up in Spain. For the non-seafood lover there was quiche, again freshly made by Janice.

After lunch it was time for a 2 hour exploration of Rona. We were provided with a map, with the 3 main highlights marked out, but told to feel free to roam around, in those 2 hours.

I opted to drag my husband out to Church cave, the most difficult route out of the three. We were promised spectacular views out to the outer isles. It is not a walk for the faint hearted as there were parts that were very steep, which we were told were only twice the height of the ladder up to the observation deck on the boat. Believe me it’s a bit more than that, but quite do-able even for someone with a dodgy toe like mine. Thankfully there is a rope to help you haul yourself up and down the steep part! Let me know when you’ve checked it out Janice! 😉

We were greeted on our return back to the boat with tea or coffee, accompanied by shortbread or a Tunnocks tea cake. If you have never tasted a Tunnock’s teacake, you haven’t tasted one of Scotland’s traditional joys. If ever you find yourself on Scottish soil, be sure to try one.

As we untied from the jetty, we were met with the news that a mother and calf Minke whale had been spotted off Skye, so we were treated to a whale hunt. The sailing community around the islands are a very close knit one, and a friend of Ewen’s had alerted him to the sighting. Traditionally the community would have been a fishing one, but with the decline in the fish industry, many have now turned to tourism for an income. The owners of the Seaflower Skye have done exceptionally well, being voted as #1 boat trip on Island of Skye on TripAdvisor and earning 5 star from Visit Scotland in 2020. The service we received reflected the passion and pride that team Seaflower Skye have for their “little part of heaven”. Their delight in being able to take us to waters that were not in their usual horizon, to give us the chance to see the wildlife just goes to show how far they are willing to go to give their guests a memorable trip. As none of the 4 groups were bothered about getting back to portree slightly later than planned, we headed to the area of the sighting on the minkes.

We were rewarded by the sightings of not 1 but at least 3 minke whales. With the engine cut, and the boat sitting in silence, it was quite eerie to watch the backs of the whales slide gracefully through the water’s surface. We stood watching them circle around the boat, at some distance, feeling envious of those who witnessed them, in the story that Ewen and Janice told us of them approaching the boat, and playing around them, last season. We had to do with distant sightings. Minkes are smaller than the whales we saw off the east Coast of the States several years ago, so the time between hearing them and seeing them is much smaller, so I had little time to position the camera towards the direction that I heard them, to focus it, and snap away. I only managed 2 very poor pictures which could possibly try and pass off of as Nessie if i was ever to go to Loch Ness!

As we headed back to Portree, we passed a small island and was told the place it had in fishing history. In days gone by, young boys had to prove their fitness to join the fishing boats, by rowing out and around this island and back to Portree within six hours, or one turn of the tide.

Fisherman’s Test

We returned to Portree with a head and heart full of memories, spent upon the water, aboard the Seaflower Skye. I have writen this post as a memory for oursleves, and to use as writing experience. I have received no financial reward for mentioning the Seaflower Skye. I do so out of appreciation for the excellent service we received in helping us celebrate our wedding anniversary. Every cloud has a silver lining as they say, and our day spent aboard the Seaflower Skye, more than made up for our disappointment in not being in Alaska. Our outing aboard the Seaflower Skye with such generous hosts as Ewen and Janice will long live in our memories as a day of joy, very similar to the day 10 years ago.

Blessings and Joy, Joy

If after reading this post you decide to go to Skye and take a boat trip out on the Seaflower, please mention this blog. I won’t know that you have, but it would spread the joy, and I don’t know about you, but in this time in history we could all do with more joy in our lives. You can also join us in the Aligned with Joy Community on facebook, by clicking on the button on this blog.

Staycation 2020

My husband and I had big plans this year for our holidays in 2020. We were planning on flying out to San Francisco, to hop on a ship and cruise up to Alaska, but something happened that put the kybosh on that, and so we had to rethink our trip. We opted to go to the Isle of Skye, an island part of the Highlands & Islands in Scotland. We went there for our honeymoon 10 years ago, so we have a soft spot for it, and decided that we would like to spend 5 days there. About 2 weeks before we were due to go, I signed up for the Hay House online 7 day book writing challenge. Definitely a lockdown-bonus, as cruising means the wi-fi is notoriously slow and expensive. So being in Scotland for it, rather than on ship heading northwards on the pacific Ocean heading for the Bay of Alaska, was a Brucie bonus. So we packed the car, and headed up the A77,M77 A82 towards Skye.

After a six and a half hour journey, we found our accomadation and started to take our things inside, only to be met by the girls who were providing our breakfast. Later on in our stay we came across a darker one which I nicknamed burnt toast, and so these creatures were just toast. They were very friendly and often joined me at the table when I was trying to write.

We kept our eye on the weather, which changed rapidly from minute to minute. One of the activites of our trip was to watch the view from our window change from minute to minute. One morning I watched the clouds lift from the hills opposite, only to see a gentle veil of mist fall, like a bride placing her veil over her face, before going to meet her groom at the altar.

There is so much more to say about our wonderful Staycation. Please follow the blog and get notifications to be the first to read the posts as they are published.

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Blessings and Joy, Joy xx

Stay at Home, Read a Book

Today I woke to the news that the PM, Boris Johnson is thinking about asking the over 50’s to stay at home, to prevent another national lockdown. As someone who is closer to 60 than 50 it is not as disheartening as it might first seem. When I started work in 1980, I thought I was going to be retiring in January 2021, at the age of 60. The British government then decided, several years ago, that we were all living too long and they couldn’t afford to pay pensions for so may years. They raised the retirement age to 67 for both men and women. They phased it in, very quickly for some, so my pension will now be paid in Oct 2026. So whilst I don’t relish the idea of not being able to go out, eat out to celebrate Big Birthdays, Christmas, play croquet and to shield at home, (or self-imprisonment as I look upon it), it does mean that I may be able to slow down as originally intended and write a book or two.

I have always loved being at home, curling up on the sofa, aromatherapy oils burning, fire on, with curtains closed to shut out the dreich weather outside. Autumn is just around the corner, as we have just invited August in to our lives. Although we will mourn the loss of summer 2020, it is something that I will embrace. Plenty of opportunity to embrace hygge days.

Writing gives us the opportunity to take you on a journey. Where would you like to go?

Are you over 50? What does this news affect you?

If you would like to go on a journey of joy, then please consider joining the Aligned with Joy Community on facebook.

Blessings & Joy, Joy x

Lessons from Lockdown Intro

We have just emerged from a period in history, that hopefully will never be repeated, but somehow I think it will. 4 months of not being able to work and serve my clients, all for the sake of a so called virus. Not matter which side of the hoax, or not to hoax, side of things you are, the truth is that we were confronted with a reality that no-one was really prepared for.

Have you come through it feeling enriched or depressed? Did you gain anything from the time that you were asked to stay at home, not go out, not see your friends and family? Did you obey the rules? What did you do?

In September I will be doing a post a day, in an A to Z challenge, which I will call “Lessons from Lockdown” which will give you a flavour of what I have been doing with my time! Be sure to follow to get a reminder, each time a post gets published. If you can’t wait, here’s a bit of a sneak look now.

This photo was taken a week ago, when I was taking part in the Hay House Publishers 7 day online book writing challenge.

This was taken sitting outside a wonderful place on Skye called The Lambing Shed. It was so peaceful there, and conducive to writing, and got me in the mood to write more for you, my followers.

If you would like to be part of the Aligned with Joy Community on facebook, then click through and ask to join. We look forward to seeing you there.

Blessings and Joy, Joy x

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