Running errands during my workday, I walked into the accountant’s office and was greeted by my friend. She had on black slacks and a really beautiful blouse. It was bright, colorful, shiny – a really happy blouse! I complimented her on it.
She said, I have a flowing circle skirt that matches it, but I don’t wear it to work. When I asked her why, she said, “Well, when I wear it, the little girl inside me wants to twirl ’round and ’round – and I’m afraid I might start twirling!
Until that moment, I thought I was the only “woman of a certain age” who had that little girl inside. So many times, I’ve stood in front of the mirror and thought, “Okay, you’re a mature, responsible woman – act like it – get those silly, childish thoughts out of your head!” I really didn’t know other women did that too.
Of course, I was relieved. I was also reminded that sometimes, in our “mature wisdom” we forget to listen to the longings inside; you know, the ones that whisper, “go ahead – laugh – play – enjoy yourself.”
Our schedules are full and our time is limited. We really have to hurry just to get half of our planned tasks completed each day. No wonder we find ourselves frowning more and smiling less.
But today, thanks to my friend, I realized once again that laughter and joy are not synonymous with childhood and freedom from responsibilities. Laughter and joy are just two of the many blessings of living the abundant life made possible by our Heavenly Father. We can all benefit from stepping back just a bit from the cares of the day and taking time to be thankful, happy for the gift of life, and all the wonders God provides daily. We might even giggle just a little when we catch ourselves twirling around, caught up in the exuberance of the moment!