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SoCS: The Days are Long, But the Years are Short, So Believe in Your Dreams and Find the Joy.




Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “year.”

A year is 365 days. Remember how when we were kids a year seemed like such a long time. My granddaughter talks about a thirty minute drive taking forever.

Now a year zooms by like a flock of pelicans. Though pelicans glide more than zoom.

Line of Pelicans by JoAnne

They’re beautiful in flight, but they don’t stay long.

I was thinking about writing about what popped into my head when I read the prompt: The Year of Living Dangerously was a movie I believe I saw in the 80s. It was a about a journalist played by Mel Gibson and a diplomat played by Sigourney Weaver who’s one of my favorite actors. It was political, yet romantic in an exotic part of the world.

I’ve often thought of the first rebound after my divorce as a year of living dangerously.  That relationship lasted a year and was 365 days too long. But I learned not to settle.

Then, there’s “The Year of the Cat”which is a song I love the sound of. Mellow and maybe a little exotic though I don’t know all the words. But here are some.

“She comes out of the sun in a silk dress runnin’ like a water color in the rain.”

Who cares what it’s about? But I bet some one knows. It’s the sound that I love. Okay, I like the lyrics, too. Always have, even if I couldn’t sing them all from memory.

2019 was a strange year. We spent 7 months at the house that was my parents’ immersed in their history while sorting out their stuff during renovations on our home. Then we sold the house I grew up in and bought a house in the mountains. Never would’ve imagined that as more than a fantasy, but dreams do come true, even if they take a while. Anything  is possible!

Believe in your dreams

So here we are coming up on a brand new year. The word, JOY, has been coming to me lately. That must be my word for the year.  A year of living joyfully!

Not every minute will be joyful. But I bet I can find some joy in every day. How’s that for a goal? I think there may be some dancing.

Here’s to 2020! With all its mess and magic. There’s going to be joy in the sunshine and moonlight, birdsongs, and buttercups.  I know I’m getting corny now, so that’s all folks.

Just one question:

What brings you joy?


For details on SoCS, or to join in the fun, visit Linda Hill by clicking this link:

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

20 thoughts on “SoCS: The Days are Long, But the Years are Short, So Believe in Your Dreams and Find the Joy.

  1. My daughter, of course, brings me joy – so does my husband. Our days fly by, barely able to tick off the todo list, but every moment feels special, significant. I’m learning to take in the world differently, and I love it!

  2. What brings me joy? I have a number of answers, JoAnna, such as vacation (I’m on day 8 of 12), chocolate, Star Trek reruns, the furbabies, biking in the summer, etc. The most joy, though, is obtained by being with people – friends, family, co-workers, someone I’ve just met, the mailman, the smiling checkout person at the market. It’s people, really, that brings me joy on a daily basis. I thank God for the people in my life, who is also a source of joy, for He created us crazy lovable beings!

    Have a wonderful new year and enjoy your home in the mountains.

    • Thank you for these wonderful answers! I’m with you on the furbabies, Star Trek, and chocolate (dark.) and God. You have reminded me to look into the souls of people in my life.

  3. “The Year Of The Cat” is a great song, and I’ve never listened to the lyrics. Al Stewart had a few good ones. Happy New Yar, if I don’t see you before then…

  4. You are both funny and thoughtful in this post. I do find it entertaining when you say about your 365 day marriage – it was too long but I learnt not to settle. One lesson learnt. 😊 .

    The poetic line ” running like water colour in the rain” really makes me feel an urge to write.

    Altogether I am so with you on Joy. The more we find it in our heart the more love we spread.
    May the New Year bring us wisdom and peace, caring and togetherness.


    • Thank you, Miriam, for taking my plan a step further allowing the cup of joy and love to runneth over and spread out. 🙂 And thank you for the lovely wishes of wisdom and peace, caring and togetherness throughout the year and all around.

  5. “Learned not to settle…” valuable lesson. I hope 2020 is a great year for you.

  6. Hoping 2020 is a better year for our country and the world.

  7. Lots of things bring me joy, but I’ll say my most recent was coming home early Thursday and my girls were at home and they, along with the pets, greeted me, and dinner was done by 5:30. That was a special day.
    I also like the song Year of the Cat 🙂

  8. Here’s hoping the mess and magic is perfectly you in 2020. My joys include snoozing kitties on laps, this beautifully lit Christmas tree (that I just can’t seem to take down), hanging with the teens when they’re in a good mood, and holding hands with the hubby. Happy new year!

    • Oh, thank you for sharing these wonderful joys! I take my Christmas decorations down gradually. The tree is often up til MLK day at least. One of the benefits of an artificial tree. 🙂

  9. Hi JoAnna! Love this post! Joy…I love the word Joy…and my answer to your question is life gives me joy! This was not always the case and I have to say that I am so grateful…so full of Blessitude that that has changed!
    I sincerely hope this new year finds you and your family well and that it will be one of much light and love ❤

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