If you just found out you had one week to live what would you do? Would you continue doing the things that bring you stress? Hopefully you said no, and have other ideas in mind. I thought of this question a few weeks ago, and I would want to travel with my family and shoot as many stories as I could. You heard me, I would like to continue working.
We all have at least one thing in our life that brings us joy. Sure, seeing a smile on your kids’ faces can bring joy, and a great cup of coffee while in the presence of family on Christmas day can too! There are many things that can bring joy, but what about the actions you do to receive joy? Is there a hobby you like to do that bring you joy? If so, continue with that hobby. I love being with my family, but the next best thing that brings me joy is storytelling. If I am on vacation, and my family is at work and school, guess what…. I get the itch to shoot stories. I do not care if I make money or not, I will need to go out and shoot something. It may be a video to help a nonprofit, or test out a lens. It’s all about JOY!
Some confuse happiness with joy. My pastor at church explained it very well. He said, happiness is a feeling that comes and goes. Joy is long lasting and being content. If you go and buy the next best smartphone it will bring you happiness. But that happiness will only last for so long…. probably for a few days at the most. Therefore, it is so important to find hobbies that bring us joy.
God has created us with a unique passion. You may like fly fishing and when you are out in lake you couldn’t think anywhere else you’d like to be. Many people love to knit. No matter what it is, just do it. Doing the things, you love to do, which also brings joy to your life is very healthy. We live in a time that is rush, rush, rush. Time waits for no one, and we need to drop off the kids, pick up groceries, on and on and on. Breath, relax, sit back and think of what brings you joy. Joy is a medicine. Joy can bring you comfort. Joy is God’s gift to us all, we just need to find what brings us joy. We need to discover that passion and use it for our benefit. It is so cool to be able to serve others by using your God given gift, that is pure Joy!
I am very blessed to have the job that I have. I get the chance to tell stories and get paid doing it. I cannot think of anything else I would like to do. It wasn’t until I tried becoming a police officer that I discovered how much joy I have when I am behind the camera. As a training officer, I was miserable. They told us at the academy that police work wasn’t for everybody, that everybody was me. I felt like a fish out of water. Sometimes we need to be placed in certain jobs that we do not necessarily like to really understand what we like best. After trying to be a police officer I was hired to freelance at PBS. This is when discovered that storytelling was my calling. I was only at PBS for about a week, but I had that feeling of joy. It was a Friday afternoon, and I was driving home after work. A smile formed on my face while thinking about what I was doing at PBS. I can even remember the street I was on when I felt this feeling. It was at this point I knew what God had given me and I needed to use it. We are all given gifts, and it may take you some time to figure yours out. But once you do, please do not ignore it. We are all created with different gift and it is up to us to serve one another with our gifts.
I have been working in television and media for over 18 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, producer and storyteller. I am a five time Telly Award winner.