Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Friends I Haven't Met

When I sat down to write this post I was suddenly overwhelmed by all the things in life that bring me joy. How would I choose where to start? Luckily my thought process was interrupted by an email from a friend asking me to be part of an early Mother's Day event at Mother's Bistro in Portland.

Tiny Prints is sponsoring my well-known blogger friend Kim Demmon and a group of her friends, to talk, eat and and tweet about our conversation.

I'm sure we'll talk about Treat but since the group is a diverse bunch of women with interests that range from writing (umm, me) to cooking, social media guruing and crafting (that would be my friend Kim ) my guess is we'll also talk about a whole lot more.

Which brings me today's topic. Having dinner with a bunch of interesting woman will be fun but does it rise to the level of joy? Or put another way, what's the difference between fun and joy?

Fun is something that amuses us, a lighthearted pleasure. At first glance this dinner falls into the fun category. I love to socialize and when you combine real socializing with social media socializing it adds up to my perfect cocktail of fun. But does a lighthearted dinner with one friend and a bunch of strangers raise to the level of joy?

The more I thought about it the more I realized it does. My friends, both real and virtual, are dear to me. And I have a lot of them.

My natural instinct is to be the person who volunteers to host the end-of-season baseball party, a holiday party for as many people as I can fit in the house or have the home where children congregate as they drip popsicles and track dirt across my kitchen floor.

I've discovered that all these things fill me with a sense of community and a broader sense of my place in the world which in turn brings me great joy.

So back to tomorrow night. Will I have fun? I hope so. Actually, I'm fairly confident I will but that's not what has my attention.

What I'm focused on is the prospect of meeting interesting people who might hold a place in my life. There is joy in anticipation and joy in knowing I might meet someone who makes me laugh, sees life in a way that intrigues me or just connects with me and becomes another person who makes my life feel full.

P.S. On a sidenote, if any of you want to come along with me on my joyride you can find me on Twitter as @JohannaGarth. I'll be talking and tweeting on Thursday night starting at 7:00ish west coat time.

It would bring me even more joy if some of you popped in to say hello.


Wendy Paine Miller said...

Oh man, that sounds like my kind of group and the topics of discussion are right up my alley! Hope you have a blast.

There really is nothing like being involved in community!
~ Wendy

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A sense of community is joy. That's why I like the blogging world so much.

Julie Flanders said...

I agree with Alex, the blogging community brings me a great deal of joy. Your dinner sounds wonderful and I hope the evening will be filled with joy for you! I think I am already following your Twitter but I am going to double-check now to make sure. :D

Alison DeLuca said...

Well, that does sound like fun, and finding like minds is a joyful thing! Enjoy the company and the conversation. I'd love to chime in that night!

Kim -today's creative blog said...

Thanks for the shout out! I am thinking Thursday evening will be full of joyful surprises! I've only met maybe half.....Should be interesting if anything. Looking forward to getting to know you better.

Pame Brennan said...

Have a GREAT time!

M Pax said...

That sounds like a lot of fun. There are several writer women I get together with once a month for lunch, and I always look forward to it.

Gina Gao said...

I hope you have a great time.

Johanna Garth said...

Thanks Wendy. Join us via twitter!

Alex, my sentiments exactly.

Lol, @ me if I'm not following you back Julie.

Please do Alison!

Kim, can't wait.

Thanks Pame!

M. Pax, I love my writer connections too.

Thanks Gina!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Have a great time! I committed to having dinner with some local writers next month -- some I've met at previous events -- some are strangers. I'm even carpooling with a person I've never met.

This is hard for me, because I'm shy. But I am hoping to find joy in overcoming shyness.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful opportunity & experience to expand your circle of friends & create even more contacts in your life. Meeting new people & trying something different for the first time can cause a slight fear, but that fear can quickly turn into joyful fun, as the experience turns out to be better or even more fulfilling than you first imagined...enjoy, have fun & happy Tweeting! :-))

mindthagap said...

Hope you have a wonderful time! A circle of good friends is one of the greatest gifts in life, enjoy it.