I am sometimes not a joyful person. Mostly, I am. But when I am angry or upset, I can be pretty quiet.
For example, I HATE washing dishes! I hate it! It is just the worst thing to do, for me. Taking out the trash or cleaning my room is better than doing the dishes! I HATE IT!!
But, unfortunately I have a problem. I am usually kinda grumpy when I have to do dishes. I do it slowly and quietly, and try not to talk too much. I will do the dishes, if I am told to, or simply out of politeness, but it is still not my favorite thing to do. But, as my family knows, I can be extremely cheerful, and even TOO cheerful if you set me going, at other times. I am the chatterbox of my family, which isn't always a good thing. I also laugh easily. And that can get very annoying.
But, the problem is, that when I am doing something I don't want to do, I lose all of my cheerfulness. I try not to laugh at jokes, and am just well, a bit of a party-pooper. But, come on. Everyone has times when they aren't at their best. I am not the only one. For instance, Elena is not the most cheerful person when she is tired. Abigail is mostly sweet and quiet and content, but when she is hungry or tired, she kicks the crying up a notch. But don't we all??
We are all great people, but we lose all our happiness when we are doing something we don't like to do. What I need to learn, is to keep that joy with me ALL the time. Instead of being quiet and slow, I should break out in a big musical number while I scrub the plate, or recite my favorite verses when I rinse that fork. I need to stay cheerful.
So, what about you? What puts you in a good mood, and what are your most terrible pet peeves when you're at your worst?Let me know in your comment!
I am cheerful when there is a lot of things going on. All of that joy goes away when I have to wash dishes.
Proverbs 15:15 has a great message on being cheerful.

3 murmurs:

My dear girl, doing the dishes is the worst!! Oh no.. wait, the dishes are easy.. but then come the pots and pans!!

I LOVE to cook! cleaning up afterwards is just not so fair!!!

Pressing clothes... during a hot day, arghhh!!!

What do I do to make my chores not so heavy? I SING. You could do that... I little bird says that you have a gift :-)

I don't sing all that well, but I don't care! singing always puts me in a good mood. My son (who's 13 like you) says that sometimes I 'torment' him. I always answer that he should worry a LOT, the day I don't sing; algo bien malo me estarĂ­a pasando para no cantar.

Abrazos desde Caracas!

November 28, 2007 6:35 AM  

I loved this post! So honest! I can't wait to hear your big belly laughs, They always make me feel joyful!

November 28, 2007 7:48 PM  


Jaja! Si pues. Tu hijo debe estar preocupado si no cantas.

Aunt Pam,
I always laugh, you'd better be ready!

November 29, 2007 8:25 AM  

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