Giving Someone Joy

Framing the moon

Yesterday on the river, we encountered two men paddling a canoe. In between them sat a very elderly-looking gentleman, perhaps their father. As he passed my friends, he called out a very cheerful and quite excitable, “Hello!” And when the canoe came alongside mine, he repeated the gesture, his eyes sparkling, his face with such an extremely joyful expression. My friends and I commented on the old guy, wondering about his story. Were those his sons? Was canoeing something he had enjoyed as a younger man? How wonderful to have sons or companions to give such pleasure to someone. 

As our parents age, we can’t forget the things that give them pleasure. While they may not be able to relive activities in which they once engaged, we can do our best to give of our time to bring joy to their lives. Even a small gesture can mean so much.

Daily Gratitude: Seeing the faces of my kindergartners eating popcorn for the first time.

©Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2011.

Quote of the Day for YOU:   Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years.  We grow old by deserting our ideals.  Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.  ~Samuel Ullman

The best sandwich? Sesame semolina roll with fresh buffalo mozzarella, fire roasted yellow peppers, minced fresh basil, Jersey tomatoes, drizzled with EVO and fig balsamic vinegar all pressed in a panini grill. That would bring me joy!

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14 thoughts on “Giving Someone Joy

  1. What a beautiful and thoughtful post… Sure, it is easy to forget they were young once… I love your advice and will remember to pass it on to my kids… Meanwhile, your sandwich is making me very hungry. 🙂

  2. Love the image and the days thought. It inspires me to believe that enthusiam for the process of life is its essential fuel

  3. What lovely thoughts. Wouldn’t this world be a better place if we all focused on giving somebody else joy every day? I think I’m going to work on doing that, since I woke up this morning giving anything but joy. Thanks for a post that made me see that I can make a difference, even in simple ways.

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