Let’s be cheerful! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant and happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture and the furniture comfortable and beautiful. Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House In The Ozarks – edited by Stephen W. Hines
Isn’t this a great sentiment? The fact that we can steal the brightness out of the day is a mighty sobering thought.
I am not devouring this book as I usually do when I really enjoy my reading material. Savoring would be a more accurate description of how I am making my way through Little House In the Ozarks.
We are not perfect and our emotions often get the better of us because we allow them to. I know we are sometimes crabbiest at home because we know (or hope) our family members love us enough to forgive us quickly.
Devoted we are to making sure our homes look nice but do we brighten them with cheerfulness, grace and forgiveness? Um, not always.
The people with whom we do life should be the ones who get our best-not the leftovers. Our spouses, children and closest friends should be on the receiving end of our very best selves. Not to impress them but to let them know just how important they are to us.
I’ve mentioned on many occasions that I live in a community filled with elderly people. Yes, those even older than MOMD and myself.
One thing I witness more often than I care to admit is an older couple in the grocery store bickering about peas or corn and which brand to buy. I hear such unkindness and impatience in their voices and think to myself, Don’t they know how precious is their time together? What if those are the very last words their spouse ever heard?
And so, once again, I throw my hat in the ring with Laura and say, “Let’s be cheerful.” And I would add, if I can’t be cheerful can I at least be quiet?
Do you care to add your two cents on being cheerful at home? Is this something your good at most of the time? Let’s encourage one another in this!
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