Seems like it should be easy, but sometimes, it's counter to what we're thinking and feeling...like today.
Woke up to the sound of crying from the next room. :-o <panic, leap out of bed>
She overslept for the tournament today, car waiting in the driveway and she's standing there, half dressed and completely discombobulated. Got her out the door, my coffee made, just settling down to the morning cuppa before my 9am appointment, when I got a text, "Mom, can you meet us at Cass Tech with my glasses?" <what? sigh> Which of us needed the more joy? ;-/ No coffee, no breakfast, jumped into some clothes and raced downtown to deliver the goods.
Once in the car, I wondered what I was wearing, if I'd have time to grab a fast food breakfast, and oh yeah, keep my mouth shut since I didn't brush my teeth! Oh joy! ;-) Driving through the snowstorm that erupted just as I drove up on the overpass, I realized how fortunate I am that I was able to help - help her get ready and out the door, that I could still make my appt, and even thought to grab my laptop! The snow was pretty, my daughter can be in robotics and volleyball, I can drive, we have cars that work, I give thanks for some of these things! That gives me joy. :-) It's really about perspective, isn't it, and a positive mindset.
So I smiled at the guy at Micky D's as I handed him the money, and he smiled back, almost in surprise. ;-) When I pulled up to the next window to get my breakfast, I smiled at the next guy as he handed me out the brown bag and drink and said, very joyfully, "Thanks!" :-) He looked like he was having "one of those days" too, and looked at me like, "here, lady," and then smiled back. :-)
When I got to my appointment, I shared some of the morning's moments and laughed.
:-D We were both smiling on through the appointment. :-) Life can be funny...and it can be joyful. Depends on your perspective.
Joy is contagious. Smile! :-) Share joy! Share joy! Share joy! :-)
I'm a wife, mom, pastor, human...probably not in that order. I struggle each day to be faithful to God, to my family and to my call as a Christian and all of those previously-mentioned roles. I pray to be positive, kind and thoughtful, but tend to fall short on all counts. I am inspired by sunrises and enjoy taking pictures (mostly my kids, deer in the yard and sunrises). I waste time playing stupid computer games and wishing I'd been better at all of the aforementioned roles. ;-)