Today’s Treasure: Joy!
For the first time, our family took a trip to Farrell’s Ice cream in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. What an experience it was! The moment we came in the hostess began to laugh as we stood there, eyes glazed, mouths open, taking in the sights and sounds. The place was rocking. Every corner you look there were people singing, laughing, taking pictures, and even dancing amidst all of the scrumptious food. The whole experience was a bit of sensory overload.
There were moments my daughter had to cover her ears because the volume was too much. I appreciated her sensitivity and know it was physically painful for her and yet to me it was such a wake up call. We are bogged down with everyday life and normal routine. We are overwhelmed by stress filled jobs and busy families. We are distraught by the travesties of the world around us. What can we do when our lives become that blustery, Winnie the Pooh type or even worse, the Dorothy tornado nightmare fearing you might just “kill” someone along the way?
Being in Farrell’s made me quite hungry and thirsty though I was surrounded by such wonderful treats. It wasn’t a hunger for food but had a craving for the joy. The happiness and joy in the people’s faces both working there and visiting were such a beautiful reminder. No matter what was happening on the outside of that restaurant, people found a place where they could relax and remember to appreciate the moments that were there ready to embrace.
Have we forgotten to “stop and smell the roses”? Are we so caught up in the whirlwind of life to settle down for a second? Are we in a disconnect with our social networking that we are missing the natural beauty of friendships and relationships? Let’s challenge ourselves to breathe, relax, appreciate, enjoy the seconds that may even be a whisper or drop of joy.
Go find your joy! Choose it! Appreciate the light within the darkness and run to it. As said in a song by Jesus Culture, “There may be pain in the night but joy comes in the morning…”.