Sept 2nd: Write about what makes you happy, from the little joys to the huge game-changers.
On average, I stay at a pretty constant place of happy. My 6 months of homelessness situation made me pissy (in my opinion rightfully so), but generally I am happy.
Honestly, any little thing makes me happy. When, you assume from the get go that you don’t deserve anything, anything you get makes you overjoyed. But here is a list of the top 10 little things that make me happy.
- Someone buying me lunch
- Work meetings that are catered (especially if it is from Chick-fil-A)
- Unexpected letters in the mail
- People caring about me to any degree
- When, I do a job really well or have mastery over a theoretical concept
- Watching my friends achieve and succeed and fight through struggles (it inspires me)
- The Gospel, because if there ever was a human undeserving of grace it was me
- When people comment on my writing, whether positive or negative. It allows me to know people are actually reading this.
- When, I see someone do something kind to or for someone else
- Dancing with fun leads or leading with awesome follows.
I am going to expound on some of my little joys, because before they were little joys they were (and still are) huge game changers.
- The Gospel
- As a child raised in church, I typically had a normal sense of appreciation for Jesus dying on a cross to save me of my sins. I was glad because I was told to be glad not because, I had an actual understanding of what I had been saved from. Continuing in my teenage and young adult life, I began pondering the futility of my existence and gave myself into ever foul and disruptive thought exalting itself above the Lord. I became self loathing, self condemning, and eventually self-destructive. Until one day, the Gospel wasn’t a story about sweet baby Jesus, but about a God who saw me and out of His goodness pursued me, by the means of self-sacrifice. The Gospel was more than a baby and a cross, but a story of redemption and forgiveness.
- I could dance until the morning. Dancing has brought me the joys of friendship, but also continually teaches me to trust and follow. Which is a life lesson applicable to all subject matter.
- Writing is relaxing. I had my first blog in 2005 and it has opened my mind to storytelling and simply being honest with myself about my crap. My blogs vary from humor to satire to laments of my struggle. Comments remind me that there is meaning and purpose in what I say.