Found this email from a few years ago. We have 3 (mostly) joyful children now….
Friendly reminder to find some joy today – and hold on to it.
Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
For those of you that don’t know, Meaghan and I are blessed with two of the most joyful children in the world (I might be a little partial on this one).
On Sunday, Maggie and I sat down for a minute to watch a little football. We stopped on the Green Bay and St. Louis game. Maggie immediately decided to cheer for the Packers because they were already winning (she’s smart like her mom, but apparently not as much of a Bears fan as her mom).
A minute later I heard a "whoohoo!" from the other room. Maggie came into the kitchen and said "I cheered just that once for the St. Louis team. I didn’t want them to feel bad that we weren’t cheering them on."
All of this was said while jumping, skipping and smiling her way to the kitchen and back.
In that moment I got a little glimpse of true joy. Forget about who is winning or losing, let’s just cheer because it is fun to cheer.
So, why did I share this little story and the quote above in a daily attitude email?
Just to brag on our little Maggie and Annie? No, but that was a pleasant side effect.
The point was to remind us. Remind all of us of that joy of childhood. To remind us of how good for our souls a little joy is. Remind us that with joy we can "form an invincible host against difficulties".
Make it a great day.
Bonus thought for us "God people" that get this email. All of this reminded me of one of my favorite little pick me up thoughts:
This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.