Rekindle Our Reasons For Being Joyful
Everyone deserves a piece of heaven. Of discovering and experiencing “real” treasures in life that rekindle that inner joy in all of us. Joy that makes our heart feel like it’s about to burst into a song or create fireworks bright enough to light up the sky. Joy that make us feel like our feet is off the ground and floating on air. Joy that give us wings to fly to places once we only dreamed about. Joy that make us celebrate each day like it’s a holiday.
Today through words and photographs, we reflect on the many reasons, things, people and events that rekindled the joy in all of us.
So many ways to rekindle the joy. Some are simple yet magical like a kiss, a hug, a handmade gift to someone we care about that say, “You matter.” Some are subtle but when done sincerely at the perfect moment means everything like saying, “Thank you,” “I appreciate everything you had done for me,” “I love you” or “You complete me.” Others may come as delightful indulgence like shopping for a bag, a sip of a freshly brewed coffee, a bite of a delicious chocolate bar, a quiet walk at the park blessed with nature’s visual bounty or a rejuvenating visit at the beach. Some arise from a meaningful soul-searching and renewal of one’s faith. Others come about by reuniting with family and friends during holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and many other events where time is irrelevant and what matters is we create as much special, heart-warming, happy moments for us to remember and rekindle in this lifetime . Moments that will ignite that inner fire in all of us when surrounded by cold and darkness coupled with a few trickle of tears. Moments that will make us smile even if everything else seems grey.
Rekindle The Joy By Visiting Families
It’s been several years since I saw my sister in person and her family. The first time we visited her was early Summer of 2007. My son just turned one and was learning how to walk. Today, she has a very adorable toddler who reminded me so much of my son when he was about that age. Growing up, I was very close to my sister but somehow along our pursuit towards getting our dreams, fate kept us apart. She settled in Connecticut where she enjoyed the amazing four seasons while I ventured into the vast land of adventures called “Texas.” I miss her company and did miss a lot of “could have been memories” being away from her all these years. It was time to rekindle the joy of being around family. Family who shares their heart generously. Family who loves you for who you are. Family who makes you truly happy no material wealth nor Earthly glory can ever replace.
We flew to Connecticut last Friday to celebrate Thanksgiving. When I saw my sister and her family, it felt like the last five years happened only just a few days ago. We talked for hours reminiscing the fun times of the past, sharing the joys and pain of the present and yes, our future hopes and dreams for ourselves and our families. We even included in our plans the possibility of living in one city so our children will enjoy the rare gift of growing up around a bigger family. It was an exciting, fun and vibrant event that I wish didn’t have to end. To keep the warm memories and to thank my sister, her wonderful husband and their three beautiful children, I made this post to forever celebrate the shared joyful moments with them.
I always wanted to see Autumn’s foliage and experience all the magic it creates. I asked my sister, “Do you think I could see any signs of Autumn when I get there?” She replied, “I’m not sure. Most of the leaves turned brown and had fallen off after hurricane Sandy.” I sadly muttered, “Oh.”
Saturday morning, my brother-in-law printed out something from the computer. He then told us, “Guys, we are going to Boston.” I asked him, “How far is it?” He answered with a smile, “About three hours of driving.” I replied with a bit of disbelief, “Three hours? That’s six hours of driving back and forth.” Still looking excited, he said, “Yes, six hours.” He then added jokingly, “We may have to sleep on our day clothes if we have stay overnight.”
Driving towards Boston, I was greeted with a seemingly endless rows of bare trees, a few uprooted by the recent devastating hurricane.
Our first stop was Boston Common. From afar, we all could see the park’s garden breathtaking colors of red, purple, orange, gold, yellows and light greens. Everyone got so excited. I sure felt like jumping out of my seat. I told myself, “Wow! Dream come true.” We circled the park twice looking for a parking spot.
It was truly magical watching the Autumn leaves fall down from the trees then being blown by the wind. No words to fully describe the moment. It sure did rekindle the inner joy in all of us. My son threw some leaves at the lake and watched them drift like sailboats. For a second I saw myself as a little kid engrossed in his own world of make-believe.
Rekindle The Passion. Rekindle The Love.
In a busy world full of deafening noise, stress, responsibilities, chaos, disagreements, worries, trials, hardships and many more distractions, it’s so easy to lose that burning passion that we all felt when everything was all romance and red roses. We need to find ways to bring back the spark and that inner fire that makes our heart go “beep-beep” for that person we declared our love not so long ago. That day at the park, my wife and I looked at each other and smiled. Really smiled. We found our reasons for our passion which was each other, our son and the family who loved us when we barely had anything .
After the park, we headed to Quincy Market. The Holiday spirit, merryment and colors were everywhere. The crowd were having a blast dancing to the local band’s upbeat music.
Christmas lights adorned the trees giving a festive, jubilant vibe.
At the center of the town square was a gigantic Pine tree adorned with brightly colored Christmas decors. That night, the tree was lit up to officially welcome the holiday season. It was beautiful. We all felt the happy and festive spirit of the holidays.
We stopped by the balloon maker. He made a dinosaur balloon for my son and his 2 year-old cousin. They laughed and giggled as the balloon maker shared some funny jokes.
We had 30 minutes to spare before the Christmas tree lighting. We spent it munching the yummy lobster salad sandwich and grilled Sea Bass with vegetables.
The crowd counted loudly, “3-2-1” and the Christmas tree lit up in all its splendor. The lights blinked following the rhythm of the holiday music. For several minutes, we all felt the joys of Christmas being rekindled in our hearts. Again, it was pure magic.
Before heading back to Connecticut, we stopped by Starbucks for a quick restroom break and a cup of hot coffee. As I wait for my order, I noticed on the board three words that described what I was experiencing the entire day. Written in bold red letters were, “Rekindle The Joy.”
As we walked towards our car, I looked back the last time. Silently, I thank God for giving me, my wife and my son the opportunity to share an unforgettable moment with my sister and her family. It may not happen that often but it sure did make up for the many lost years I missed.
This week’s Image of Life is titled “Rekindle The Joy.”
Thank you for sharing your day with me. I hope you enjoyed this week’s theme as well as my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge called “Thankful.” I hope this post helped you remember the many events, holidays and seasons in your life that rekindled the joy in your heart.
What do you wish to rekindle this coming holidays?
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