Monday, December 27, 2010

Ordinary Joy

Ordinary Joy - Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?   I have many joyful ordinary moments on a daily basis. Some of my favorite involve connecting with others. Just a few weeks back my kids and I were standing in the checkout at the grocery store. We were trying to figure out what the name of one of the characters was in Charlie Brown. The checkout girl joined in and we still couldn't agree on who everyone was and what the missing name was so we asked the bagger. It ended up a big exchange of figuring between my kids, myself, the checker and bagger. We still couldn't agree (when you have four kids you buy enough groceries to be at check out for a bit!). All of a sudden, the lady behind me in line sheepishly threw out the correct name. We were all soooo excited we were smiling and laughing and thanking her. She tried to avoid contact and smiled sheepishly as she turned sideways. The rest of us all seemed rather outgoing and not afraid of interaction while the lady with the proper answer seemed very timid and shy. BUT.... it must have been driving her nuts inside to listen to us when she had the answer all along. She finally burst and put the answer out there connecting with all of us. Shy or not, she connected and she was smiling. It was so much fun to talk to all of them. So much fun to pull that gentle soul out of hiding. I love meeting strangers in checkouts.

3 comments:

julie Haymaker thompson said...

I like the term "Shy". Some of us are just plain shy. I think we sometimes get to caught up in politically correct terms like "Social anxiety" etc. But just plan shy is good. Now for simple Joy. When i see my Scooty dog get so excited about going for a walk. That does it for me !!

John said...

Wonderful story.

G-Pride Farm said...

I really think you could enter a room of strangers and leave with a feeling of kinship with a least half of them. You have that way about you in your writings anyway. Great prompt answer. Love it.

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