Child Care


Yesterday I put a turkey hat on my head and walked into the 3 year olds’ classroom, while they were sitting down to eat lunch.  Now this is not my typical headgear; the hat consists of a turkey head on a long neck, with two dangling long skinny legs hanging from either side.  The hat had been donated and it just seemed like the thing to do at that moment.  The results were priceless:  “Miss Cindy has a chicken on her head!”  The children dissolved in giggles.  I don’t know who enjoyed the moment more, the children or me.  After a long morning of preparing lunch, dealing with paperwork, answering the phone, and all the myriad details of a typical child care Monday morning, suddenly there was joy.


“Joy” is on my mind today.  One of our pastors is leading a book study called, “Choosing Joy,” and that is her topic for her sermon this week.  I have not had the opportunity to join the group or read the book, but in creating a children’s lesson and bulletin for the Sunday service, I’ve done some reading on the topic.  In that reading I came upon a quote:  “Joy springs from within; no one makes you joyous; you choose joyfulness” (author unknown).


One of the websites I discovered is called, “Spirituality & Practice – Resources for Spiritual Journeys.”  On the site I found the following:


Joy is an essential spiritual practice growing out of faith, grace, gratitude, hope, and love. It is the pure and simple delight in being alive. Joy is our elated response to feelings of happiness, experiences of pleasure, and awareness of abundance. It is also the deep satisfaction we know when we are able to serve others and be glad for their good fortune.


Invite joy into your life by staging celebrations. Toast moments of happiness you notice as you go through your day. Dance — jump for joy — as often as possible. Life is not meant to be endured; it is to be enjoyed.”


Now, I’m not suggesting you walk around with a “chicken” on your head everyday (although it might be interesting).  What I am planning to do is make “choosing joy” a daily gift to myself.  So now I will ignore the rain falling outside my window and focus on the laughter of the children down the hall.  And I will find ways to “Scatter joy” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) as I go through my day.  I hope you can find a way to dance through your day (and the Lee Ann Womack song and video might help!) and that you find and choose joy.

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