Something struck me for the second time in life during a recent visit of my in laws, that is the importance of enjoying the moment. I’m preaching to the choir when I say life can get too hectic and stressful. People focus on getting the big goals accomplished to achieve stability and contentment. But that is just it. If we all only are looking forward to brief success preceded by long struggles to get there, then our lives are 90% struggle, 7% contentment, and 3% joy.
So why did this become apparent during a visit with my relatives? That is generally not when people are the happiest during a time when they are thrown together with others who they don’t always get along with. The moment came when we gathered around the table at my mom’s home. Everyone was hungry after a long day and anticipating diving in to the wonderful smelling pizza pies. There was happy chatter and laughter in the background as we all were preparing to sit down. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is. For brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1 I was at that time overcome with a sense of complete happiness.
The other time I came upon this was during a Thanksgiving dinner several years ago in Oregon. Not everyone present was my favorite. However, to sit back and listen to everyone laughing and having a good time also gave me the same grateful and warm feeling.
I guess I’m having a “Raindrops on Roses” moment where I’m dwelling on all my favorite things in life that when gathered together create happiness. Happiness is made up of a bunch of little parts. Mine is made of compliments from my husband, throwing the ball for the dog against a lovely sunset, looking out at the wide expanse of this country, and resting in the knowledge that everything is in God’s hands which gives me hope.
Hope will always be there even when I think something bad is inevitable there is always a glimmer of hope that it could turn around. This keeps happiness around to live another day. This election day, I’m bringing my hope with me to the voting booth. Hope that my vote will still count. Hope that the US will once again turn to the Lord. Hope for a future although the present circumstances are not the best. In the meantime, I will look to all the little things in life to remind me that they add up to immeasurable joy.