Theme Thursday is hosted over at Clan Donaldson. The theme for this week is happiness or joy.
The opportunity for these photographs fell into my lap this morning--literally. With the rosy sun lighting up the garnet-reds in our bedroom, my son got up and decided this--this moment right here--was the moment he would roll back and forth, this way and that, over and over, across my lap, under my legs, tangling the blanket, enjoying himself like a cat in a basket of fresh-laundered linen.
This? I thought. This is fun for you?
But I try to take it all in stride. I share the handicap of our culture: I am always looking forward. To the next task, the next holiday, the next appointment, the next meal, the next thing. But I have had the privilege to experience joy, and when I have, it has not been a joy in something not-yet-realized. It is a joy in whatever thing I am doing or seeing or feeling right now.
It is an unspeakable, soaring joy, lasting only for moments: while driving on a bright morning, with a long, smooth road and an as-yet-unwritten day ahead of me, full of potential. It is in certain notes slung together, hitting a chord more spiritual that physical, that bring forth un-summoned tears. And, it must be, in the feel of a soft fleece blanket, warmed by sunshine, and the safe disorientation that melts everything into a joyful, vibrant now.
The simplicity of my son's happiness is a reminder to me to take joy in every moment. It's something I'm working on, something I'll have to keep working on, actively, until I enter the perfect, joyful now of eternity.
For further reading on these themes, see Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis and Take Joy by Jane Yolen.