Finding Joy in Simplicity
Molly Beattie once said, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow”. It’s incredibly easy to stray from the path of gratitude and develop discontented hearts when our every want and need is obtainable with one click of a button. We are plagued with the mentality of “If I could just have this, then I will be happy”. This time of year, our minds are cluttered with finding the perfect gift, decorating the perfect tree, creating the perfect Christmas card, only to end the day with the realization of such impossible expectations, never truly achieving contentment.
Finding joy in simplicity is as easy as seeing the sparkle in the snow as it covers the Earth in a soft, wintry blanket. It is hearing the bubbly laugh of your sibling as you slide around the house in your fuzzy socks. It is opting to stay in and watch Hallmark Christmas movies with your family when you could be out doing something extravagant, or realizing the beauty of the Christmas lights as you drive through your neighborhood. At first, finding joy in simplicity may seem like a difficult task, but when you take a step back, you are able to comprehend the idea that you do not need brilliance to have a joyful heart.
If you think about it, the story of the birth of Jesus is magnificent because of its simplicity. He could have been born in a great temple or palace, somewhere a King deserves to be born. Instead, he came to this world inside of a makeshift stable home to farm animals. I feel that if God intended for us to only find joy in the grandest occasions, the birth of His son would not be what we know today. If we are able to find joy in the simplest of things, then it may provide the foundation necessary for us to lead lives with joyful hearts and minds.
~ Emma & Grace Villella