Posts Tagged ‘Joy’


Don’t Want To Miss a Thing + Winner

November 10, 2009

Our first matter of business is to announce the winner of our giveraway.  The lucky person (chosen randomly) is…………..(drumroll please)………….Trish, who shared a great thought about her Pilates move. You can read her comment here. Congrats Trish.  You win an autographed copy of my DVD plus some great swag from Kolette.

As I read and appreciated everyone’s little ways they find little bits of joy, I was reminded that the only way we see these things is if we pay attention.  We have to watch the things that happen in our lives or we will miss much of the happiness that comes our way.

Coleman is exceptional at this.  He watches everything.  He doesn’t want to miss out on anything, and does everything to make sure that when something happens he’s either a part of it, or is watching others play their part.

He has a constant smile.  I wonder if it’s because he doesn’t let any little gladness slip by.

Your comments and Cole’s resolve have motivated me to refocus and redouble my efforts—‘Cause I don’t want to miss a thing.




The Simple Life

April 28, 2009
What a Smile!

What a Smile!

When you talk about people out there living the good life, Coleman J. Hall is at the top of the list.

Every morning a beautiful maiden comes to get him out of bed. That same earthly Goddess dresses and feeds him. She makes sure that he doesn’t have too much gas or too little nutrients. He naps constantly throughout the day, seemingly without a care in the world. At night this modern-day Venus bathes him, dresses him in his sleeping attire and holds him close, rocking him until he falls asleep.

Should he need something during the night all he has to do is simply call, and help will come. It’s like 24-hour room service. What’s more, is the whole thing begins again on the following day.

However, I’ve learned something watching Cole living the good life. As long as he’s fed, clothed, warm, with a place to sleep, a roof over his head and surrounded with love he’s happy. He doesn’t seem to care how fancy his bed is, he simply wants a bed. It doesn’t seem to matter much if the clothes he wears are name brand or not, he just wants something to keep him warm.

The make and model of his stroller has never been brought up even once. The same goes for his car seat and his toys. His standards are fairly loose when it comes to food. I’ve tasted the formula he eats and let’s just say it’s not filet mignon.

But, he’s happy.

Obviously, we all can’t live the same way Cole does. We can’t all exist literally without a care in the world. But, his way of life is a powerful example that teaches an important lesson (especially in today’s world with its accompanying uncertain economy).

It shouldn’t take much for us to find real, lasting happiness.

If we have a roof over our head, clothes to wear, food to eat and people who love us, we have more than enough to fill our lives with joy. We need to stop worrying about which name brands we have or what toys we don’t. We need to stop being frustrated that the raises in our paychecks aren’t as high as they have been in the past, and start being glad we have a job at all.

We have to stop believing that we can find happiness by keeping up with the Joneses. Coleman doesn’t even know who the Joneses are. We have to quit competing with others lives and start reveling in our own. We have to quit worrying about stuff and start concentrating on experiences. For, when we die the stuff stays here and the experiences come with us.

So, next time you feel a little down, remember Cole. And, if you’re eating, sleeping, bathing, loved, and not forced to spend an extended amount of time in a poopy diaper–find a way to smile. Find a way to be happy for the simple precious things. Find a way to enjoy the simple life.



A Wink and a Smile

April 2, 2009
I’m of the attitude that our joyful faces can change the days of the people in our lives.
There it is!

There it is!

Within the last few weeks a wonderful thing has happened at the Hall house–Coleman has begun the beginnings of a smile. It’s amazing the powerful emotions of joy his tiny upturned lips will bring to my heart.

We’re not talking about a full on smile. Were barely talking about a grin. Sometimes you have to look hard to see it, but it’s there. What makes it powerful though, is that it’s real. It’s more than the little responses he used to give because of gas, this is him actually responding and exchanging emotions.

Every time I see his little smile my heart soars. His little response can change my whole day. The changes in his face chase away frustration and bring a wonderful serenity.

But, I’m a believer that smiles can do that. I’m of the attitude that just like Cole’s tiny grin can monumentally change my day, so to our joyful faces can change the days of the people in our lives. As we come in contact with people we can lift their spirits the same way Cole lifts mine with nothing more than a little show of happiness.

In today’s world people see so much around them that is depressing and sad. Often times all they need to chase away the doom and gloom is the evidence of something beautiful and happy. Your smile can be that evidence. Your smile can chase away the darkness and bring on the sun.

Try it today. Remember Cole’s example and work to smile more. But don’t just keep the smile to yourself, be open with your joy, be willing to share your smile. For sometimes, the difference in someone’s day can be little more than a wink and a smile.


There it is again!

There it is again!