five-minute-fridayJoy is a secret you just can’t keep. It burbles up, bubbles up like a spring. Slow, it starts small like the flame on the candle you just lit. Then it catches and it flares up and it draws you in closer and it makes your smile brighter and it sends you spiraling off in another direction. Giddy, you spin, reveling in it.

You can’t keep it to yourself. You just want to share it, and there’s a stranger in the line with you at the grocers and you smile and she smiles and pretty soon you’re just grinning like a holy fool.

And she is too.

It’s the best kind of sickness. A creeping contagion that can’t be eradicated. I don’t want a vaccine. I don’t want a cure. There’s no ribbon for this because the ribbon is the smile on your face and you’re passing it on to everyone you see.

Let’s all be sick together.


I’m joining the flash mob of writers over at LisaJo Baker’s place, which you can find here (for today’s offering), or by clicking on the picture up top for the general gist. The basic idea is that you spend five minutes of writing, generally unedited (I correct typos), on a prompt that she provides on Thursday just after ten p.m. via a tweet, link up, and show some love to another participant. Interested? Write something. Link up. Love on.

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Denise Jackson
21 March 2014 11:22 am

What a sweet little tidbit to start my day! I enjoyed the brevity AND the message. I’m taking notes. I tend to get a little long-winded! LOL. Happy Friday!

Pat Youther
21 March 2014 11:54 am

I like your analogies. I really like the reminder to bring joy!

21 March 2014 12:11 pm

I love it when joy is like that – bubbling up because the sun’s shining and life is just plain sweet! I hope you’re behind me in the grocery aisle this weekend!

Rod Semple
21 March 2014 5:19 pm

Burble. Now. There’s a gre at word. I’m going to save that for future use. Thank you for adding a little Joy to my Saturday morning

Rachel Friesen
21 March 2014 11:21 pm

Love the rhythm of your words here; a wonderful snap shot of joy. You’ve got me grinning too 🙂


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