Eat More Chocolate
Joy is not made to be a crumb.
No, joy is meant to be a big chocolate cake you share with your family and friends. For those of you who aren’t chocoholics, please substitute a treat of your choice. What’s important is that whatever you choose is big and delicious and more than enough for everyone.
Years ago, I hosted tea parties in my back yard amid the gardens. I baked for weeks ahead of time, and spent hours decorating the cut-out tea cup cookies and forming the chocolate bees with slivered almond wings on the honeycomb pie. I did this as a gift for my friends. And I did it because it was fun, looked beautiful, and tasted even better. The joy was in the process and then I got to share that joy with everyone at the party.
I can’t share joy in the same way now but I can still find and share it. Perhaps sending cards with a personal message of hope, making a call, dropping off a baked goodie or flowers from the garden…
Joy is about abundance. It’s not meant to be parceled out, drop by drop, but to flow freely. Haven’t you had the experience of being so happy you thought you’d burst? Did you share that joy with someone? Emotions are contagious. When we share a positive emotion with someone, they are likely to feel some of that emotion too. So don’t hold back! Be generous with your joy and happiness—and, if it includes chocolate cake, all the better!