Happiness: found

November 20, 2012

Happy is defined by “feeling or showing pleasure or contentment.”  Joy is described as “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.”  Both positive, both feelings.  Both of them a choice.

As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, I am excited to share this next woman with you.  Ann Voskamp has impacted the way I see the world.  Her gift of weaving words like a warm blanket that envelops my soul cannot be understated.  Her book, One Thousand Gifts is a intricately stated tribute to the awaiting joy that can be found when we allow our eyes to see the simple masterpieces that surround us.

The frost holding tree branches hostage by their cold beauty.

The reflection of sun bouncing off the sparkling snow.

The crackling, contagious laughter of kids at play.

All masterpieces.

Aside from her book, my heart was stirred and my eyes filled with drops of thankful appreciation the day I read Ann’s story about The Horn.  I am confident that once you read it, you will also be touched.  I won’t be surprised if you begin a search for an old horn to hang on the wall as I have.

“Give thanks if you are joy-filled” is in reality:

“To be joy-filled, give thanks.”


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