Lately I've been hearing and reading the phrase "seasons" to describe a time or stage in life that is distinct but not permanent. Season of stress, season of sacrifice, season of simplicity - I don't love this term, but I get it. I'm in the middle of a "season" of busyness and discernment. I'm temporarily taking on extra roles at work, and at the same time trying to decide what the next step in my career should be. I feel overwhelmed and riddled with doubt.
I come home most days and want to sink into bed, tired from the extra mental energy work is taking. I've been wallowing in my own little pity party. It's not my best self, to say the least. Some of the extra tasks at work offer an exciting new challenge, but many feel like drudgery. But even the most mundane tasks are important, and can be accomplished with interest and joy. I wasn't choosing to see the good, but then suddenly I was reminded of one of my favorite personal commandments: CHOOSE JOY.
Today my husband had the day off work, and he came to meet me for lunch. We headed to a favorite cafe that serves breakfast all day. The food is always delicious and the service good, but today the service was exemplary. Our waiter was young man probably still in high school. He probably would have rather been at the lake with friends than waiting tables, but if that were true one would never know.
From the moment he came over to greet us until we paid the bill I was in awe. This young man was cheerful, friendly, kind, and seemed genuinely happy to be doing his work. There it hit me - I could feel this way about work, too. I could choose to be positive and enthusiastic like this waiter, or I could continue to tell myself a sad story about seasons of stress. I could choose gloom, or I could choose joy. I decided at lunch today that I would choose joy.
I have a jewelry dish in my home I got years ago as a stocking stuffer. It's been sitting in the same spot for so long my mind never really registers that it's there. Today I focused and saw the dish with it's helpful reminder: become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know. Looking around that cafe at lunch, it was clear who the most positive and enthusiastic person was. I'm grateful to this waiter not only for his exceptional service, but also for the reminder to be thankful for my work even when I'm feeling a bit stuck in a rut.
I will choose joy, and I will try harder to become the most positive and enthusiastic person I know.