There are some people for whom play and FUN! come naturally and others who need some specific direction on how to infuse these elements into life. Whether you are more in need of direct instruction or not, I am SURE you will glean something from this post to help you incorporate even more FUN! into your lives.
I looked at my watch and the lady asked “for here or to go?” I hesitated, remembering past experience, but not enough to stop me from saying, “to-go.
The sunny day made today perfect for ordering gelato after lunch. A treat I don’t normally have, but something I love. Unsure when winter was going to call a truce with spring, I was ready for a little lemon berry fun.
I forgot what it was like to take gelato to-go.
If you ever get in a situation like this, perhaps these 3 tips will help you. I was reminded of them today:
1. If you walk away with gelato in a to-go cup, your gelato will melt before you get home.
Driving fast won’t help and it’s illegal.
2. Gelato soup is no good.
Gelato melts faster than ice cream, you will be bewildered by your cup-o-soup.
3. If you pull off to the side of the road, you can outsmart the melting gelato.
Highlight and underline this one.
I pulled into an office building’s parking lot and opened my car door and ate the gelato before it melted. Maybe not my proudest moment, but it can be done!
Okay, friends, what did I learn from these encounters? I learned that you CAN take gelato to-go and eat it before it melts, but that the whole point of gelato is to enjoy it in the NOW. Same with so many things in life.
I’m learning about how I can do my real living now and not store it up.
It’s easier to take things to-go and enjoy them later. Or not at all. I tend to be a happy person overall, so it’s subtle, but I’m not going to lie, enjoying life in the now is not always easy for me. I’ve lived a lot of life in survival mode, and to-go not only seems the best option, but the bravest option to get through.
Our lives are often driven by a struggle-through mentality, for reasons that involve real pain, of which I understand deeply. But when God gives us something sweet, do we see it for what it is and celebrate?
Sometimes it’s the littlest of things. A new friend. A peaceful walk outside. Sometimes it’s a lot more and we celebrate relationships mending or a child making progress or new life or a loved one coming back to church.
Around these parts, it feels like it’s been a shorter winter than others have had, but a long awaited spring. We’ve been waiting for change. Like the seasons, there’s grace that comes when something shifts and it’s time again for us to be shaken up with new life.
I’ll always be partial to you spring, because you give way to summer. Thankful for all the joyful things that come with sunshine...including gelato.
What is your favorite flavor of gelato/ice cream?
What simple joys do you find after however long your winter has been?
I'm Julie. I love words, cranking up the music in my car, and telling stories. I believe life is good and worth living to the full. Talking about advocacy and adoption, Jesus, and you gets me excited. I write at mercynotes.com.
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