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Infectious Joy

Have you ever met a person, and without even knowing them, they put a smile on your face? They carry this infectious joy with them? I call those people “lights”.

The other day, as I was going through the Tim Horton’s drive thru, I encountered one of these people. I was just getting a large coffee, but as I pulled up to the window, this server simply started chatting about the weather. It wasn’t so much what was said, but rather this light that shone through their eyes. As I drove away, I just felt the joy that had radiated off this person and floated into my car.

I love when I meet these “light filled” people!

My neighbour also happens to be one of these people. The first time I met her was when she started working with me at a restaurant. She started her shift, introduced herself, and I could just tell that she carried this infectious joy.

It’s not that people who carry this light are better than others or are even always happy and positive, it’s simply that they brighten a room when they enter it.

Often, a person who carries this infectious joy makes you feel like you’ve known them forever. They make you feel comfortable enough to share your heart with them and grow as a person.

Our community lost one of these “light filled” people yesterday. His name was Bob Sadler. He brought inspiration and joy to basically everyone he met. I am sure that he will be very missed.

The first encounter I had with Bob was when I was working at the local gas station. I was at the counter and he was paying for his gas, but he engaged in conversation. This man, whom I didn’t know well, asked what I was up to these days, and I shared a little of my heart. At the time, I was hoping to get my inspirational speaking career going. (It took a little longer than I had hoped) However, he listened, and then offered a contact that could help me on this journey of mine.

I am grateful for the opportunity that meeting him provided, and I am inspired to continue this journey of speaking to people and encouraging them, as he encouraged me.

Have you ever met a “light filled” person? If you have, you know it, because the energy and joy they carry is palpable. You can feel the possibilities that are available around them.

The same can be said about a person filled with hopelessness or negativity. They carry it around like a “joy-sucker”. If they do talk to you, you often feel worse after.

Here’s the rub. We get to decide each day what sort of person we will be, and what we will carry around with us. No matter what you’re feeling, you do have a choice about the words that you choose to speak, and when you do, it does effect the environment around you.

I don’t know about you, but I am inspired by people like Bob, my neighbour, and the Tim Hortons server to carry the light, and share it with others.

Does this mean that you have to always be happy? NO!

But it does mean that as you grow, you get to choose how you’ll create an inspiring world around you, or a negative one.

When I am having a bad day, it usually means that I have not gone to the light source to fill my cup up that morning.

There are two ways to live this life you’ve been given. The first is to live it proactive. To decide before you walk out the door, that you are going to actively find the good out in the world, and if you can’t find it, bring it yourself.

The second is to live reactive. That means that you don’t think about what is out there, and that only when something happens to you, you will then decide what sort of day it will be. Someone cuts you off and you get ticked as you spill coffee on yourself, and you decide¬†it’s going to be a bad day.

What will you choose: proactive or reactive? “Light filled” or hopeless? Mean or joyful?

If you can’t find the light, try and be the light! The easiest way I’ve found to do so is to get my cup filled by the One who knows me best!

You care for all my needs, anointing my head with soothing, fragrant oil,¬†filling my cup again and again with Your grace.” (Psalm 23:5)

When you ask God to fill up your cup to overflowing, He will not disappoint!

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4 thoughts on “Infectious Joy

  1. Sylvia,
    Sorry to hear about Bob. “Light filled” people are missed not just for their own personal absence, but for the unique way in which they reflect The Light Giver. Some wear that inexplicable glow like a favorite T-shirt, and when we meet them, we feel that worn-soft comfort. I’m sure you’re not the only one to sense his absence.
    Peace to you,

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