Joy Really is That Simple

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Month: May, 2009


In the last few days in speaking with several people, I have heard a common theme. It is that for some, the hurt has been too severe or the experience so traumatizing that efforts at simple joys seem fruitless. Some feel there just isn’t any energy to serve in meaningful ways. I find it ironic, […]


The other night I was working on a project after dinner. I had a lot to do. While thus engaged, My oldest came in and said, “Hey Dad, can you come outside and play?” There was the temptation to say “I’m busy” or “I have to get this done.” I only considered those “excuses” for […]


I had a date with my wife yesterday. We ate a simple meal and just did some window shopping. I told her it doesn’t matter where we go as long as I am with her and I am not trying on pants. The majority of our looking consisted of my wife saying “Oh, our daughter […]


I wish I could remember what is was like to sit on my dad’s shoulders. Today while crossing my children’s school parking lot I had 2 year old Nate on my shoulders. I love the feeling of his little hands on my head. I play with him as we walk, either nibbling his legs or […]


I had a short lived art show today. At about 3 hours into it a whirlwind whipped through the rows of canopies throwing artwork all over the place. It was pretty bad. One of my pieces fell and the glass shattered. While I was holding down the canopy a woman from the next booth over […]

The Box

It’s difficult to be in reliance of the mail box. I’m waiting for some checks to arrive. My little box didn’t have those for me today. The amazing thing is how much that little box can seem to affect moods. Sometimes the little box gives you great satisfaction. Other times it gives some trepidation. Of […]