Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?" (Author: Brene Brown)
The first thing that popped into my head? Sledding last winter.
I had arranged for a few of my youth group kids - and their parents - to go out to lunch after worship and head to a nearby sledding hill one Sunday afternoon... Fully intending to let them have all the fun.
I did part of my growing up in Ohio winters - wet and slushy. Dad would take us sledding occasionally - and besides being terrified of going down hills at fast speeds and not being able to control anything about the experience until I was thrown into the snow... It was cold. And wet. And yucky. I hated it.
Then we moved to Southern California and I figured I would never have to endure the ickiness of sledding again. Thank God.
Nope. We moved to Minnesota a year and half later. But, I'm pretty sure I got out of every sledding adventure through junior high and high school.... I don't remember sledding through those years.
And I know I never went sledding in college.
So I thought I was done worrying about it. Until I planned this silly day with my youth group kids. What was I thinking? Well... I was thinking I would be the chaperone - there to keep everyone safe and warm and in good spirits. And take lots of pictures.
But then the parents decided to join us. And my hubby. And I should have known I was doomed.
We weren't there 15 minutes, when I started being pressured to go down the hill. I held my own for awhile - until little Tommy offered to let me use his sled "because you can steer it the best - and it has brakes!"
Oh. All right. I jumped on. Hubby and I went down the hill together - and I screamed the whole way. I'm sure everyone else on the hill thought, "who's the crazy lady?!"
It's me. Just little ol me.
Guess what? I LOVED sledding! We went down a couple more times... Until I couldn't climb UP the hill anymore. And last Christmas, "Santa" brought my hubby two sleds so we could do it again!
Such a silly little thing. Something I spent years dreading and avoiding - because of silly little fears and insecurities. I think that one day on the hill sparked a tiny bit of courage in me - that managed to follow me into other situations throughout the year... Other silly fears have started to "melt" too.
That alone is worth a huge amount of JOY!
Things I am thankful for today:
1. Good peer pressure.
2. The generosity and compassion of young boys.
3. Taking risks.
4. Screams turning into uncontrollable laughter.
5. Getting a lot done on my mother-in-law's kitchen project.
6. The hubby and I working well as a team.
7. Getting to see Renee and Matt, from college!
(Pizza boxes?! Long story...)8. Getting to meet Fernando - so fun!
9. Ginger ale.
10. Hot showers.