How do we stay happy when the sad or bad or mad happens?
Guess what? I had to learn the hard way that we have a choice. We can choose disappointment or we can Choose Joy.
Remember that lousy attitude I blogged about recently? Not only was I cranky, I was also incredibly melancholy. I missed Mama; I missed Daddy. Christmases past. Estranged family and friends. My hurting knee and my hurting heart had me limping big time.
And those holiday tunes that I love to sing along with every chance I get were only making it worse. Seriously? Squalling and bawling are not advisable when driving. Please trust me on this one. CRAZY!!
But God is so good! Make that, GREAT! And He knows exactly what brings me the most joy: my kids!
I keep an assortment of musicals in our DVR. Lots of music for lots of moods. A sure-fire pick me up is always "The Music Man". We just found out we'll be hearing, and seeing a lot more of "The Music Man" for the next several months. James has been chosen to direct its production next summer for a local community theater. Instead of getting struck by the physical resemblance between James and my brother, or getting bogged down with grief for him, I'm celebrating James's latest endeavor.
This year we'll be celebrating with a couple more around the table. Rachael and Brandon were engaged this summer. Their joy was compounded when they were awarded custody of Brandon's kindergarten son, Parker. This will be our first Christmas to share with Parker. I could focus on the occasional bumps and bruises of blending families, or just look at the smile on Rach's face when she looks at Brandon and Parker.
So, Dear Reader, pardon my swag and ignore my limp. I'm choosing joy this Advent! What works for me is to count my blessings as often as I need to in order to Choose Joy. There may be days when it's not easy, but the choice is always worth the risk. Will you join me in choosing joy?
On Wednesday, I'll be linking this post to Giving Up on Perfect and Coffee for Your Heart.