I bought my coffee this morning for a quarter. Yes, a QUARTER! Well, technically, it was 27 cents with tax.
Dunkin' Donuts offers coffee for 25 cents the day after your local team wins a football game if you pay with your DD app. Since we have TWO teams -- the Giants and the Jets -- the chances are pretty good that on any given Monday or Friday or even Tuesday, I might get a cheap cuppa coffee. I'm not sure, but I think it costs 25 cents because of the term, "quarterback." If it's not, it should be because that's pretty clever.
Not only did I get a cheap cuppa joe, but I got a coupon for a free coffee, since I accumulated the necessary points by using my app each time I make a purchase. Double wham!
Then, I received an e-mail from the weight loss center with a $5 amazon.com gift card for reaching a 5% weight loss milestone.
A triple play!
Oops, wrong sport. Eh, whatever. As long as I get free stuff, who cares?!
It really doesn't take much to make me smile, to make me happy, to bring joy to my life. It's in the little things -- a 25 cent cuppa coffee, a coupon for a free coffee, a gift card for a job well done. Things to tuck into my pocket for some time later when I might need a little pick-me-up.
It's easy to take these little things for granted, especially when the day catches up with us and overwhelms us with the big stuff.
That's exactly why we need that little stuff. We need to remember those little pockets of joy during times when we might feel under-appreciated or under-valued or under-loved. Sometimes we need to FIND those little pockets of joy -- that little thing that creates for us a moment of validation or appreciation. Things that we tuck away to pull out of our pockets some time later...when we need a little pick-me-up.
We need to intentionally choose joy.
Because face it, we don't always get the encouragement we'd like from those we'd like to get it from. Sometimes we need to encourage ourselves.
So, dear one, use those rewards cards, rack up those points, download the app...get free stuff! It might not seem like much, but you might just get something for free when you least expect it. And who doesn't like free?
I dare you -- find a little pocket of joy today! Or pull something out of your pocket-something you'd forgotten you tucked away for later. And when you do--spread it. A little joy goes a long way.
Blessings Along the Path,
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Little Pockets of Joy
I'm a person of creativity. I've always loved to entertain people, and especially, to make them laugh. I don't mind being the guinea pig, the one who is singled out to break the ice. I write what you think but don't want to admit. I'm a word nerd and a grammar geek. I love musical theatre, hiking, and worshipping my Lord, my King-the King of Glory. It's my desire to bring hope and healing to hurting individuals-or perhaps just to provoke thought, to give an encouraging word to get you through the day-through everyday situations and insights into God's Word.