When I was growing up, my mother used to tell me too much of a good thing was bad for me. Her kernel of “wisdom” confused me. How could a lot of something good be bad for me? Mom said this when she saw me eating too much candy or watching too much television. She wanted my body and mind to remain healthy. My childhood days have long since past and my mother is now in heaven. Yet, I can still hear a faint voice in my head when I allow myself to be too caught up in distracting activities.
In our present situation involving social distancing and self-isolation, distraction seems to be a gift we can use to save the day. We believe it will keep us away from worrying about “what if” scenarios. It is true getting caught up in our favorite distracting activity transports us far away from these troubled times. The problem arises, however, when we are distracted at the expense of everything else.
In the days ahead, don’t let distraction lure you away from focusing on the important things you need to be doing. Don’t let it keep you from maintaining a healthy mind and body. What important thing could you accomplish if you minimized distraction in your life?
I’ve been carrying around this scrap of paper in my shirt pocket for more than six months. Scribbled on it are some random thoughts on the subject of joy. Here they are.
Perhaps you know someone who possesses an ever-present, unforced smile or kind demeanor. These attributes in our increasingly self-centered and angry society make these persons stand out in a crowd. They seem to have such an optimistic outlook on life, suggesting they know something we don’t, or possess something we don’t have. So what is it they do have?
You might just have to call it “joy.” Defining joy can be a tricky proposition. I’ve seen joy on display independent of a person’s happiness or circumstances. Joy seems to be the opposite of regret and feeds on “blessings” (those things most of us take for granted). That being said, contentment and joyappear together often. Those possessing joy seem intent on sharing it, and don’t shrink away from helping or serving others.
Where does joy come from? Some would say an inner peace creates an environment where joy can be discovered. Others say joy comes from hope placed in something, or someone. Who wouldn’t benefit from a peaceful life relieved of some stress.
Consider making 2020 a year to discover and embrace joy. Remember to encourage and support those who already possess it.
One creature stands out from the others when the subject of devotion is mentioned. Man’s best friend is a model for humankind. Our furry beasts aren’t controlling and they don’t harbor hidden agendas; ever loyal, ever faithful, ever loving…
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10