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What's in a Name?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Today, I thought I'd share with you how I came up with my SparkName McJoyful.

No - the Mc is not a tribute to the golden arches - it's the first two letters of my last name.

My middle name really is Joy, but the Joyful part of my name is a reminder to me. It's what I want to be. I want to be able to be joyful in all circumstances. It doesn't mean that my life is rosy or free from struggles. It doesn't mean that I sugar-coat or turn a blind eye to issues. But it's a decision that no matter what comes my way, I can choose joy. Joy in knowing that God, who created me, loves me no matter what - right where I am today - not someday - right now. Joy in knowing that nothing comes my way without passing through my Father's hands. Joy in knowing that this life's troubles are temporary - this too shall pass - that I have an eternal life to look forward to. Jesus is the reason for my joy - in good times and bad.

Don't get me wrong - I have a good life, but eternal life is going to be even better. And sometimes I need a reminder to be joyful - what better reminder than for it to be my name.

The same thing goes for my profile picture (no that's not my dog, I found it on the net) - it's a reminder of how I want to live. I'm not there yet, but I'm working on it. Every time I see that little guy flying through the air, it makes me smile.

I don't know about for you, but sometimes the negativity around me can be a bit overwhelming. It's draining to say the least. And I have a choice - I can choose to let it consume me or I can choose joy. I choose joy.

There are enough critics out there. There are enough people willing to point out faults. I am well aware of my faults, I really don't need someone else pointing them out. And sometimes it's difficult to maintain a positive attitude when you are around negativity. And sometimes I need the reminders to choose joy.

That's why I love SparkPeople! The focus here is on positive change and encouragement. It's not on what we can't do, it's what we can do to move forward towards our goals. It's not about blaming us or shaming us to make changes, it's about loving ourselves enough to make the changes. It's not about becoming someone else, it's about becoming the best me I can be.

I'm McJoyful and I choose joy.

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  • DTHOR6
    Awesome blog. I chose Joy as well. At the beginning of this year, I told myself I don't want anymore negativity in my life. People who are negative suck the life right outta of you. So I have been cleaning up some of my "friends" and getting rid of the negative Nancy's maybe a bit harsh but like you said. I chose Joy as well.

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  • AURA18
    emoticon Joy is contagious
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  • no profile photo CD14269091
    Love the name AND the pic!!! And you always seem to personify the joyful part so well!!

    2399 days ago
    Thanks for telling us how you chose your name. Now when I see it, I'll remember to lean more toward joy. I have to say, though, the picture of that doggie flying through the air is so darn cute! I smile every time I see it. Thanks for spreading joy!!

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    I love your name! That is awesome & very well thought out! You bring lots of joy to SP! emoticon
    2399 days ago
    You make me want to do a happy dance - for you and for me! So I shall!!!! emoticon God is so happy that you have chosen joy, for yourself and for all those around you to whom you spread it!
    2399 days ago
    Love it! emoticon We are all striving to be the best we can be. It's one of the things I put on my goal board on my start page because it sums it all up in one sentence.
    2399 days ago
    Great name and great blog!

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  • no profile photo CD2279933
    Exceptional. Choosing the right thing can make or break us. I've always liked your profile photo. Very Sparky!
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    2399 days ago
    Another EXCELLENT blog! You are so uplifting! emoticon
    2399 days ago
    I do love your name! I feel a bit more joyful every time I see it.
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  • BLUEJAY1969
    I love this blog! I too am choosing JOY more and more! What a wonderful way to remember! I think if we all make a choice when we get up in the morning to have a good day that is exactly what we will have! You are doing a marvelous job of it from the tone of your blogs!
    2399 days ago
    A wonderful post. Thank you so much.
    It made me smile- and that is always a good thing.

    You have a fantastic name!
    2399 days ago
  • BETRHO48
    I love your name and your profile picture. I think they're fantastic. And every time I see your name and profile picture they make me smile. So you are spreading around your joy as you visit other Sparkers.
    emoticon Keep Sparking!
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  • no profile photo CD14915039
    Kicking out another great Blog - Joy , your on a roll ! Your right , eternal life will Rock - although - I have a dog , similar to your picture emoticon and she rules the Roost and lets me know !
    Yeah , there are always those people that just love to be miserable or have not found the Joy in what our Father gives us - hey - who am I to question why he chose the journey that I am on today -I have learned to trust his decision .
    You want to laugh , really , when I broke both legs - twenty minutes prior to the accident I was standing on the Church stairs joking around with the Pastor.
    I was at the church to sign up for a Christmas Carol Trolley - the week prior I graduated College and had a date set for my boards - so I asked the Pastor - "Do you think I should ask God for brake to pass my Boards " ?

    Twenty minutes later both legs down and I looked up to Heaven and stated " not what I was thinking , but I am sure you have a plan for me "
    I would not be here typing to you Joy and enjoying our friendship if that did not occur - so , I feel that God always has a plan for us - Hugs K emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 9/15/2014 5:35:40 PM
    High-Five for positive change! The world needs all it can get. :)
    2399 days ago
    Yay!!! Choosing joy makes for a wonderful life, even through the hard times. Your username and profile photo are always a reminder to me, too :)

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