by Beth Vogt @BethVogt
|"Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the the big happiness." Pearl S. Buck|
I can spend my days so focused on the one big thing that I hope will ensure me happiness … fame … or accolades … or some sort of self-satisfaction that creates an “I’m enough” feeling — however fleeting …
Or I can gather the small joys that make up the every days of my life.
- Laughter shared with friends
- Hugs given so freely by my still-can’t-get-over-the-miracle-of-her GRANDgirl
- A favorite song that I play over and over again because it draws me closer to God, reminding me who He is … and Whose I am
- A too-brief phone call with a long-distance friend that refreshes my heart, mind, and soul
- A sunrise … or sunset … or clear blue Colorado sky
- The silence of the house in the middle of the night when I’m the only one awake, writing — pursuing my dream — while everyone else is asleep, dreaming
- The noise of family filling my house up to overflowing — making memories
Is it wrong to pursue the one big thing? No, probably not. But how many times have we trampled the small joys — ignoring them in our haste to succeed?
In Your Words: What small joys did you discover in your week?
Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A nonfiction writer and editor who said she’d never write fiction, Beth is now a novelist with Howard Books. She enjoys writing inspirational contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us. Connect with Beth on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or check out her blog on quotes, In Others’Words.