I had just settled into my favorite chair for the evening to begin writing posts for this month, when my husband approached me.
“So, what’s that you’re working on?” he asked.
“Blog posts for December,” I replied.
Given my proclivity toward perfection – I’m a recovering perfectionist – this innocuous exchange immediately sent me into a tailspin.
I thought, “Lord, please don’t let him ask to see my writing just yet, it’s not ready.”
I was glad that he didn’t want to see them. What a relief!
Instead, he asked, “So, what’s your topic?”
“Joy,” I said.
But I was thinking, “Now is not the time to have this conversation. I’m trying to concentrate and write A little silence would be appreciated, dear.”
We exchanged smiles and he walked away.
Still seated in my favorite chair, he returned moments later and announced that he just sent me an email that I may, or may not, find useful. He left in the same manner that he came – unassuming.
Curiosity getting the better of me, I stopped writing, checked my email, and was floored by what I read:
Here is my unsolicited, but hopefully welcome contribution to your “Joy” Blog. While I am pretty certain that your blog has a greater theme, I think these items evoke clear pictures that might heighten your readers’ senses, and make them more receptive to whatever message you might be providing. Use as you see fit, if at all. If nothing else, perhaps it will provide you a humble reminder of who I am.
What brings me JOY:
- The moment right before
- The moment right after
- Fat Boy ice cream sandwich
- Any child’s smile (but my daughter’s especially)
- My son’s laugh
- My wife’s eyes
- A job well done
- Grover’s Sax
- Luther’s voice
- Barry Sander’s video
- Air in his hey day
- Tiny Archibald on a fast break
- People helping people
- Learning something new
- An unexpected call from an old friend
- The very first day of a vacation
- Assets > Liabilities
- Feeling appreciated
I chose to share this with you with the sincere desire that it reminds you, as it did me, of the following:
Joy is at your fingertips. Joy is within you. Joy is simple – and yours to define. Even the smallest acts can bring you, and others, great joy.
Be happy, joyous, and free.
Make a similar list of things, moments, and ideas that bring you great joy. If you can, send this list to the people closest to you, and encourage them to share their own list with you as well.
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