Yesterday….in the middle of happy and bright and harking herald angels and the hallelujah chorus and the parties and the celebrations and decking the halls….
….something stopped me mid-merry...and gave me pause.
It served as a vivid reminder…..that sometimes….amidst all the laughter and the rosy cheeks and the wonder that surrounds us this time of year….
….so many hearts are grieving.
And full of sadness.
And sometimes….even the simplest of reminders….like a song or a smell or even the Christmas aisle at Target….
….can almost overwhelm a tired and weary world.
And so today….on this beautiful winter day….
….I wanted to share a little joy with you.
Just in case you needed some.
Just in case this was a hard time of year.
Just in case you were a little sad.
Just in case the holidays were almost too much.
Just in case.
I wanted to share.
Nothing earth shattering.
Just a little joy.
Because today….when I walked outside and the snow was crisp and crunchy under my feet and the icicles looked like diamonds hanging from the twinkling branches….
I stopped for just an instant to take it all in….and I as I stood there with the warm sunshine on my face and trees rustling in the wind and the beauty of a winter’s day in the country surrounding me….
…..I danced down the sidewalk to the Christmas carols in my head.
And my heart was so full of joy at that exact moment that it was about to burst.
Joy that the magnolia leaves looked so pretty under a blanket of snow.
Joy that the twins’ research papers were almost done and we had learned every possible thing a person could know about these united states.
Joy that my sweet husband looked like an ad for J Crew in his knit cap.
Joy for white trees covered in drift wood snowflakes.
Joy that I discovered the wonder that is the skinny peppermint mocha from Starbucks.
Simple. Sweet. Wonderful. Joy.
And I was trying to think of a way to share all this joy.
So I wanted take a moment to to tell you….
…..yes….you with the coffee or the hot tea or the hot chocolate with the mini-marshmallows.
You. Are. Amazing.
A rock star.
I thought you needed to know during this hectic holiday season.
And just in case no one mentioned it to you today.
I wanted to be the first.
I mean….you probably already knew how amazing you are….and you probably are like….thank goodness she finally noticed and mentioned it.
And from one rock star to another…..
…..I totally agree.
PS If you get a chance today….maybe spread a little joy in your corner of the world….there’s probably someone else amazing who needs it.
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