We can never take away someone’s joy.
If doing something fills somebody’s spirit, captures her
imagination and makes her feel useful and important — and isn’t negatively
affecting the world — than we have no right to stand in their way. We have no
right to block their path of joy.
To do so insults their heart’s desire and robs them of their
If somebody wants to spend four days preparing an elaborate
meal for the entire family, let them. If somebody wants to brag about you in
front of their friends, let them. If somebody wants to parade you around the
room just so everyone can see the glow you bring to the world, let them.
We all have to learn how to receive. To greet people’s gifts
with a welcoming heart and a thankful posture, remembering how easy it is to
make most people happy. And to accept people’s generosity with a humble spirit
and a respectful stance, remembering how beautiful it is when they have joy in