Joy Along the Way
by Steve Goodier
A senator once took Will Rogers to the White House to meet
President Coolidge. He warned the humorist that Coolidge never
smiled. Rogers replied, "I'll make him smile." Inside the Oval
Office, the senator introduced the two men.
"Will Rogers," he said, "I'd like you to meet President
Deadpan, Rogers quipped, "I'm sorry, but I didn't catch the
A sense of humor is a marvelous gift to have. It is one of the
most important means we possess to face the difficulties of life.
And sometimes life can be difficult.
I deal professionally with issues which are critical:
relationships breaking apart, people losing jobs, people facing
serious illness or agonizing with someone close who is suffering,
addictions, grief and heartache. Without a sense of humor about
my own life, I don't know if I could survive! I take what I do
seriously, but I try not to take myself too seriously. Like the
New York City cab driver who said, "It's not the work that I
enjoy so much, but the people I run into!"
Here is an experiment: look for and find as much joy as possible
for one full day. Try to enjoy the people you run into, the work
you do, your leisure time and your relationships. Don't forget to
enjoy yourself - and take enough time to enjoy God. I believe
that if you try this experiment for one full day, by evening you
will bask in the glow of a rekindled spirit.
It just takes a day to find joy along the way
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