Surprised by joy.

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“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us."
― Ashley Montagu

Natural Bridge State Park was my sanctuary this past week. There was a beautiful clearing with a sculpture garden inhabited by spiders and ants, blooming with flowers and colors so vivid that they appeared to come from a crayon box. Climbing the hill several times a day past waterfalls and resting in this seemingly hidden cove was one of the most refreshing parts of my day. Another friend told me she found a place so magical, that the fairies seemed to live there. After following a path up a hill, dragonflies surrounded her in the midst of moss covered rocks. One afternoon I searched for her secret garden and oddly, I couldn't find it. It must have been meant just for her.

Returning home, resolved not to settle into old patterns, I went outside and walked. Imagining that I was seeing things for the very first time. When was the last time I took a moment to enjoy something I  see everyday? With fresh eyes and renewed perspective, I was delighted not by what I saw but by the renewed joy I felt in just seeking out the hidden gems right where I am: the duck eggs laid in our front yard, the watercolor sunrise, and the squeals (and sometimes laughter) of my boys playing basketball. Surprised by joy.


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