DaLee Kicker
How often do we (and yes, I am including myself in this statement) Rush right past moments in life?  Much of our time is spent scheduled out and we are rushing to the next thing, checking that task off of our to do list.  How many Joyful moments do we miss because of trying to stay on schedule?  I almost missed a very special interaction and this beautiful rose last week.  

I was traveling for business in California and wanted to get my walk in before I left my hotel.  My hotel was backed up to a residential area, but I didn't know the area, so I am cautious not to get too far away.  As I was walking, I decided to go over 2 streets instead of just one. (a crazy decision)  A few houses down, an older gentlemen was testing his sprinkler system and motioned for me to stop and he would turn off the sprinklers so I could walk on the sidewalk.  My response was "no worries, I can walk in the street".  As I was about 2/3 of the way past his house, I threw over my shoulder to him,  "Your yard is beautiful", he answered, "no not really, not yet".  And this is the moment I almost missed because I was checking the box, of having my exercise done for the day.  I stopped and went back and engaged him in conversation just for a few minutes.  We talked about the deep rich color of his rose bushes.  AND, that is when my blessing came, He went over to the rose bush, pulled shears out of his back pocket, cut the Rose for me and brought it back and handed it to me.

That Rose traveled through several cities in CA and then home with me to Kingwood.  When I checked into a new hotel or went through airport security,  it was an opportunity for me to share the Joyful story with the valet attendant, the desk clerk, TSA and other people that commented on the beautiful rose.  

A few minutes of slowing down and a conversation with an older gentleman has allowed me to Experience Joy over and over again.  And I hope that I was able to bring him a bit of joy as well.  

I hope that I can remember to slow down and Experience the Joy that each day brings! 


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    DaLee J Kicker

    So many things define me... married to the love of my life for 32 years, mom to 5 plus one (a son-in-love), a bible study teacher, a full time professional, and now a published Author.

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