Let’s Be Cheerful!

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!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by for a short visit.


  1. Kathy (Parks) Gagneau says:

    This is my favorite so far. It is so easy to take out a bad day on the ones you love at home, but it shouldn’t be that way. I like your comment “if I can’t be cheerful, at least be quiet”. Words of wisdom!

    • Cindi says:

      That is so true! It is as if we think we get a “pass” because they are our spouse or child. How goofy is that thinking? Thank you for being such a faithful encourager!

  2. Bruce says:

    Well done my sweet, LOML.!!!

    My wife (Cindi) puts the CHEER in Cheerful in our home.
    No kidding, as the hooligans will attest.
    Oh yeah, let’s not forget that she’s also a SILLY LADY, MADE WITH THE PUREST HEART OF GOLD.
    I wanted to post a pick,
    but she said no.
    Let’s just say she wanted NUN-thing to do with that (-;

    • Cindi says:

      Thank you MOMD!
      Someday soon the world may hear the song you have quoted.
      You are quite the funny guy.
      No pics of me dressed as a nun. The world is not ready!

  3. Linda says:

    Love Laura Ingalls Wilder, but I haven’t read that book yet.
    I read somewhere years ago to Always have something nice to say when you speak. Maybe Grandma told me that. Anyway , isn’t it always nice to hear a little compliment? There is always something good to say.

    • Cindi says:

      Sounds like a wonderful thing that a Grandma would say! Thank you for reading and yes, it sure is great to hear a compliment! As I have mentioned a few times I am really enjoying this book. Might have to buy a copy after returning this one to our friendly library. 🙂

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