In Others’ Words: Seeing the Small Joys

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I can spend my days so focused on the one big thing that I hope will ensure me happiness …  fame … or accolades … or some sort of self-satisfaction that creates an “I’m enough” feeling — however fleeting …

Or I can gather the small joys that make up the every days of my life.

  • Laughter shared with friends
  • Hugs given so freely by my still-can’t-get-over-the-miracle-of-her GRANDgirl
  • A favorite song that I play over and over again because it draws me closer to God, reminding me who He is … and Whose I am
  • A too-brief phone call with a long-distance friend that refreshes my heart, mind, and soul
  • A sunrise … or sunset … or clear blue Colorado sky
  • The silence of the house in the middle of the night when I’m the only one awake, writing — pursuing my dream — while everyone else is asleep, dreaming
  • The noise of family filling my house up to overflowing — making memories

 

Is it wrong to pursue the one big thing? No, probably not. But how many times have we trampled the small joys — ignoring them in our haste to succeed?

 

In Your Words: What small joys did you discover in your week?  

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7 Comments

  1. March 20, 2015, 4:11 am   /  Reply

    The occasional moment with a slight reduction of soul-searing pain.

    Interestingly, the locus is where the spear pierced His side; and of late I have felt other manifestations of the Passion. Not to compare, but perhaps His experiences are more widely shared than we know; and that, in itself, is a sort of severe comfort.

    • March 20, 2015, 12:06 pm   /  Reply

      If nothing else, you are leaning into Him in your hours of greatest need. And we know that He meets us there, and is sufficient.

  2. March 20, 2015, 8:59 am   /  Reply

    I’m thankful for the many small joys that for me are wonderful colorful kaleidoscope pieces highlighting the overall design of the big thing–and encourage me forward. Also thankful for you today.

  3. March 20, 2015, 11:17 am   /  Reply

    Beth, so sweet. I’ve been reading so much … and I know, I’ll think, I should be spending time with family instead of hunkered down into my book. But … I just read your book, Wish You Were Here. Lady, I’m so enjoying your works. When she was stuck in her wedding dress, I laughed myself silly. That was great! You are becoming a favorite of mine, indeed. Looking forward to the next one.

    • March 20, 2015, 1:01 pm   /  Reply

      You know, Shelli, I laughed when Allison got stuck in her dress too … and then when she cried herself to sleep … well, the laughing stopped. Such a bittersweet wedding night, you know?
      Hope you have a day blessed with many small joys.

      • March 20, 2015, 1:10 pm   /  Reply

        Yes, yes. For certain. I just saw there is a short sequel. Yay! You really had me puzzled about who she’d end up with in the end … I mean, I thought I knew and I was right … but you had me guessing quite a bit! 🙂 Loved it, Beth.

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