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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The JOY Challenge: Day 23

I am linking with Holley from in(courage) on her 40 day journey to choose joy. Won't you join us? If you would like to jump back to day 1 of my journey, click here. Or, to jump back to day 1 of her journey, click here.



I may ramble a little [read: go off ], so be forewarned.

Last night, I went out for dinner (Italian... the real stuff. Yum!) with some of the Ladies from our Sunday School class. We had a really good time. We talked for hours, almost closing the place down, and staying out way past our bed times. Hehehe. You'd think we were adults, or something. ;-) I would like to tell you a little bit about one of the things we chatted about, and what it means to me right now, in this time and place in my life.

The Unknown.

I won't tell you who said what, but the gist of the conversation from my perspective was that it is difficult to travel through life when you don't have a clue what the outcome or even the destination, for that matter, is supposed to be. My contribution to the conversation was that I totally understand how that is. MS. Symptoms? Sometimes. Wheelchair? Who knows. Maybe someday. Shots. Every day. Now, there is some KNOWN that I would rather not. Stay with me on this train of thought. Baby? Maybe. When? Someday... For sure? Maybe. Maybe not. At what age? Heaven only knows. Will I like the birth mother? Better question: Will she like me? I can only HOPE.

I live in a paradox world.

I KNOW what I am going to do every day. Ad nauseam. It's absurd. Ridiculous. Boring, even. Life wasting? Purposeless?

Yet... I don't KNOW where I am going or what the outcome will be. Some might call that an adventure, but I'm not there.

I think I'll stop with that train of thought for now. I've said my peace... gotten my feelings out, and I thank you for *listening*.

*switching gears*

The best part of last night, and what I am choosing joy in today, was the LAUGHTER we shared. Oh, how we laughed. You know, the side splitting, stomach hurts, so loud people stare at you kind of laughter. It was good. I need that every once in a while. Plus, it was different... and, that too, was good.

Then, there was the cannoli. Now, that was excellent!

What are you choosing joy in today? Even in the midst of a paradox world... how is God blessing you?

Living in His JOY, HOPE, and PEACE...


***Don't forget to pray for someone today!

6 comments:

He & Me + 3 said...

There is so much Joy in laughter. Especially with good friends.

Stephanie Harbin said...

CC,
I so agree with you about my day to day life. Boring, boring... I teach 3rd and 4th grade special ed. I have taught this same class for 15 years. I know what I am doing every day. Sometimes I feel like my time is wasted. For me, maybe, but I know it isn't for the kids I teach. I have to keep that in mind. I have never had cannoli. I am glad you found joy in it!! Maybe I will have to try some someday. I love your blogs, and hope you don't mind my comments even though I don't know you personally.

-stephanie- said...

There is that saying "Laughter is the best medicine"! Glad you had a good time and found joy in it.

Tara said...

I am at a crossroads in my life right now and am unsure which way to turn. I guess I'm in the middle of unknown too. I'm just praying about it.

Yes, so glad you received a great big dose of JOY last night with your friends. It really can do a world of good!

Holley Gerth said...

Great post, C.C.! Yes, I love that laughter brings us back to this moment, these friends. It's so real that the unknowns suddenly seem smaller. Thanks again for joining me on the joy journey!

Liz said...

I am so with you on the unknown. We are going through some things that I am not ready to publicize right now. I just know that it's hard feeling like you have no control over your own life.

OMGoodness, Cannolis are the best!

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