What brings you Joy?
Do you know it on a daily basis?
There are several keepsakes
in my home that represent
experiences that bring me joy
each and every time I look at them.
In my kitchen,
on top of a book shelf,
sets a collection of blue mason jars.
Different kinds, and different sizes,
but there is one that just stands
out in my heart!
It isn't necessarily the jar itself,
although I love it ~
it is one of those large shoulder jars!
That curved neck and rusty
wire wrapped around its top...
it protects something
precious to me.
When I was about 13 or 14,
my father came home from a business trip
and presented me with a single, beautiful
bloom of cotton.
You would have to know me,
but I've always collected rocks and sticks
and flowers and seed pods and sea shells!
I was thrilled!
I've kept that one single cotton boll
for almost 40 years!
I recently added a few more pieces
that I picked from a huge cotton field
growing next to the highway in Tennessee.
It was a wonderful trip,
full of laughter and joy!
It might just be an old jar
with some cotton shoved in it ~
but in reality
this vintage treasure in itself,
holds something even more important.
My happiness, my joy, my memories~
safe and sound
under an air-tight seal!
Live your Authentic Life - Be the Real You!!!