Humbly Choosing Joy

This month we’re talking about enjoying life, along with the typical Halloween topics.  One of the best reasons to enjoy life and make it a point to do things you enjoy is because you don’t know what tomorrow will bring.  Tomorrow could be a better day than today (something those of us who have had a bad day certainly hope for), or it might bring serious challenges and require you to make changes in your life, or it might even be your last day.  I’m not the type of person who lives life to the absolute fullest like some people do, but I certainly make it a point to have at least a little fun and joy in each and every day, even if it’s something as simple as having a cup of tea.

But on the other hand I don’t make lightly of the gift that life is or criticize those who can’t find even a little joy in each day.  It’s not something everyone can instantly do, it’s a skill that has to be honed typically as adults because we’ve lost the gift that just about everyone has as a child of appreciating life and being able to see the gifts in each day, even if they don’t seem that remarkable to someone who has lived for several decades.

Yesterday, today and tomorrow are gifts, even if we don’t see them as such yet.  As we head into some of the busiest times of the year there will be a lot on your plate and in your life.  Sometimes all that busyness will drive you crazy and you’ll just want to be done with it.  But I would encourage you to step back and give in to the temptation to truly enjoy it.  Don’t get mad that the Hanukkah and Christmas stuff is out in stores, think about which carols you’re going to sing in your head while going trick-or-treating with your kids.  Don’t rant and rave at the bad driver in front of you, choose to be thankful you’re a better driver than them.  Don’t get mad at your kids when they don’t do well on a test, take it as a lesson and choose to work harder with them on understanding the subject for the next test and talk with them about what didn’t go right.  Don’t give up on a family member because they’ve chosen an addiction and can’t follow through with treatment, remember the good times and be there to support them when they do try treatment.

There’s always more than one way to approach a situation, will you join me in choosing joy?

“Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring.”  Proverbs 27:1

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