Friday, October 14, 2011

Joy in Small Moments

This is a series I am doing for the month of October. If you are new, you can start HERE.
Day 14

Thoughts on Joy:

"Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder." Thoreau

Some of my greatest (and most enduring) moments of joy have come to me unexpectedly--some of them have been when I was doing seemingly insignificant things: making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for my boys as I watched them play in our yard through my kitchen window, baking bread, chasing a butterfly with my kids in the yard. 

Occasionally I've had moments of joy so potent that just the memory of the joy I felt then has carried me through long stretches of difficult road.  These moments are gifts--tender mercies; places where the road is downhill for awhile and the journey suddenly becomes not so difficult.

I think when we look back at our lives we will certainly remember the big things--babies, weddings, graduations--but these momentous joys will be interspersed with small but mighty moments of joy: a family picnic, Sunday dinners, shelling peas with Grandpa, washing the car together. These are the sorts of things that define our lives. These are what bring us joy.

Today I Found Joy in My Journey:
--Watching and listening to Specs play. He has a fantastic imagination. He loves to "read" books that he is familiar with. Today he read Green Eggs and Ham to me. He also currently has an imaginary friend named "Ooah" which amuses me. I also love that he called this little crane a "Snort".

--Working hard and having the satisfaction of seeing parts of my house cleaner than they have been for quite some time.
--When Tank came and gave me a huge hug the minute he walked in the door after school.
--Spending time with my family this evening at an AU basketball event. The slam dunk contest was pretty fun but just being with my boys was the best.
--Smelling freshly cut grass and roses (not at the same time).
--Seeing Stretch be willing to be a little silly. Sometimes I can tell he is almost a teenager and I think he's so serious or that I embarrass him a little, but then he does stuff like don the Groucho Marx glasses and he is suddenly just my little boy again.

 What brought you joy today?
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1 comment:

runningfan said...

I love the nicknames you have for your kids!