The Joy of Doing Things
Of all of the joys that enter into our lives, it would be difficult to find one greater than that which brings us the exclamation, “See, I did this all myself.” I know of a woman who, until about a year ago, could not bake a loaf of bread. And well do I know the happiness that came to her and her family, too “when she tried and persisted and found out that she could make bread as well as the next person. Her achievement meant not only good home-made bread, and then cakes and pies for her family, but a mother filled with an inward glow of happiness, and satisfaction in being able to do something she could not do before, a mother made more self-reliant with the assurance that she could do what she set out to do.
Every greater act we perform is but the result of a lesser beginning. And our reward is not alone the joy that comes with doing things, but also the assurance, the confidence, we gain on our very selves.
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When I first read the passage above, I thought of myself and how good it feels to accomplish a new task (for me especially cooking or baking a new recipe). But even more, I enjoy seeing others, especially my kids, excitement when they share an accomplishment of making something on their own…that “inward glow of happiness” is contagious. Just last week a friend mentioned to me how much satisfaction his teenage daughter had in making a skirt for herself. It was so thrilling to hear the enthusiasm in his voice. This project had given his daughter self-esteem. He mentioned the smile on her face being like none other he had seen. ~ Amy
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I know that each and every one of you has a story about something you’ve accomplished that you didn’t think you could do before you started. Tell me about it.