Have you ever seen a dog smile? I am one of the lucky ones whose chocolate lab exposes her pearly whites in abundant love.
While my family was vacationing in South Carolina, my dear friend and fellow animal-lover (actually she puts me to shame) stopped in to check on my Maggie and was gleefully greeted with this crazy smile. I love it so much and her for capturing this moment. I showed it to my sisters and anyone who would look with the pride of a first ultrasound from a first offspring. BTW, here he is 15 years later:
Friends, that too is a joyous picture. He is a young gentleman of the finest order. Truly, he is my golden and only boy – I am so proud of him. Having just returned from some sorrowful defeats at the Dixie League World Series (there was this one win over Texas, Go Virginia!!) in Seneca, SC – he tells his family he’s looking forward to working harder and getting better. I think he’s just fine.
My lefty – like his Mom.
But I am all about getting better and brightening the light inside with hard work and faith and luck and love. I think that is a joyous pursuit.
Nelson Mandela thinks so too:
There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
Mr. Mandela turned 50 on the day I was born – 26 years BEFORE he became President of Africa (1994). A Nobel Peace Prize winning, anti-apartheid, revolutionary peace promoting leader – He is a joyous picture with a million watt smile. Thank you, God for giving me the same birthday as he. I am 45 and he is 95. God, give him more time to bring such abundant change for joyous good. I will try to help.
Yoga, running, cycling, cooking, baseball, animal-loving, training for an Ironman – whatever brings you joy – I wish you the picture of health and joy and change and success.
What is your joyous picture?
Send me some for publishing in a later post.