(I participate with a group of writers in a weekly “Five Minute Friday” writing exercise. In response to a word prompt, each writer sits down for five minutes for “no extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.” This is also described as a sort of writing flash mob and a great form of “free therapy” )
Five Minute Friday: Joy
The still-chilly wind combined with the unmistakable warmth of afternoon sun. Spring!
The beachy smell of sun block and the charcoalish smell of a cookout. Summer!
The brilliant oranges, yellows and reds of a mountainside of fall leaves. Fall!
Dark evenings, warm homes and Christmas music. Winter!
There is joy in every season of the calendar.
Those moments when all feels right with the world and you are aware that you are aware how wonderful it is to be alive.
Sitting in the grass blowing bubbles with a toddler.
Holding hands with your spouse while you sing praise songs in church.
Hugging your parents on their 60th wedding anniversary.
Looking UP at your son, who somehow grew taller than you overnight.
Laughing with your siblings over memories – poignant and silly.
There is joy in every season of life.
Thank you, God, for joy and the ability to experience it.