December 18, 2010
Caught up in the Christmas festivities, I neglected to post this writing. Rereading it today, I felt it was appropriate to post it anyway. I hope you enjoy it. If you do, please hit the “like” button and take a moment to post a comment. 🙂
I wrote a post a while back entitled, A Good Day. Today has been another good day for me and I’ve been happily singing goofy Christmas songs while I wrap those final gifts and think about chestnuts roasting on an open fire, snowball fights, eggnog, and (finally) having my love to keep me warm. Then, out of nowhere, I found myself wondering what bad thing is going to happen to shatter this lovely moment in time. In the last year, I’ve had moments of breath-stealing heartache, rejection, disappointment, and failure. Is it possible that today I could be so very delighted and full of anticipation?
When will this magical bubble of bliss be rudely popped and send me crashing to the ground? Nothing this good ever seems to last for too long. So for a moment I sort of gritted my teeth, mentally trying to prepare myself for the crash.
My own reaction disturbed me. I began wondering what the proper response is to moments in our lives when the sun is shining on us and the white snow glistens and sparkles and we are warm and healthy and happy. Life can’t always be this sweet, but TODAY it is. Even if it’s only this very moment that’s so sweet, we do have this moment.
It is simply a fact that life comes with problems and there’s no doubt that eventually I’ll have to come down off this (natural) high. But for today, for this moment, I am going to enjoy the bliss. I’m going to soak it up, call the day GOOD, and be thankful. I’m going to raise my hands high in praise and make sure God knows just how thankful I am to feel Him smiling down and rejoicing with me.
Anyway, I’ve heard that if a person is relaxed when they crash or fall, they’re less likely to get hurt because their muscles aren’t tensed up. My plan is to relax and savor every moment of this bliss. Let tomorrow’s problems take care of themselves. Sure, when we relax into happiness and joy, we almost simultaneous open ourselves up to terrible pain and disappointment. To love deeply is to risk equally deep hurt. And yet, I am willing to take the risk, soak up the joy of it, and hope the pain stays away a little while longer. Today is a GOOD day.