When I reflect on my childhood, particularly in my early childhood, I realize how blessed I was. I lived most days filled with wonder and glee. Oh, I know there were moments of tears, fears and sadness like any other child, but what echoes down the decades is the glee evident in this photograph.
As we mature and take on more and more responsibilities, the harder truths of the human experience diminish our glee. Once the veil of innocence is lifted, we can’t replace it. But what we can do is seek moments of glee.
It seems like lately if I turn on the news and hear about the turmoil at home and around the world, or when I look around at loved ones who are battling cancer or other daunting life challenges, I could easily slip into a pit of despair.
However, I have what my grandmother would call a bit of “Pollyanna” in me. I strive for the optimistic outlook the majority of the time. I seek a way to flip the negative to the positive. I seek the rainbow after the storm.
It sometimes takes a little work and sometimes some planning to position ourselves for moments of glee. Sometimes glee sneaks up on us, a gift from the heavens to savor. Regardless if it was sought or a moment of serendipity, I think we should embrace as much glee as we can to counteract all the negative that swirls around our lives.
Glee is like a vitamin for our psyche, a bit of armor to protect us from the arrows of disappointment and the bad juju in the world.
I am grateful for all the moments of glee that lessen the power of the moments of despair. I like to think that at the end of my life, many, many years from now, that on the balance, the glee will outweigh the negative and give me a beautiful tableau of moments to look back on and cherish.
So I will appreciate the happy moments as they come, seek them out, and hopefully provide and share those moments with those I love.