Last night, I was out and about when I passed by a sign.
It was in someones front yard, and was made of Christmas lights.
It said ‘Find Joy In The World’
It wasn’t a big deal or anything, just a simple Christmas lights sign in someone’s Christmas decorated front yard.
But it sparked a little thought in my head.
This world is pretty messed up these days, everyone’s confused, the Internet’s a mess, and kids in general act about ten years older then they should.
So now, I have made it my personal quest to search through all this mayhem and find 100 simple things in everyday life that I find joyful.
So, wish me luck, and let’s get started!
Kind of staying on topic here, Number 100 is Christmas Lights!
Christmas lights complete the Christmas atmosphere.
No matter where you are, what your doing, if someone plugs in a set of these, you immediately start thinking warm Christmas thoughts.
Now, I can’t speak for everyone, but for me, Christmas evokes thoughts of family, friends, food and the night time atmosphere of shopping in Sydney with all the lights, the David Jones Window displays depicting different scenes, from Baby Jesus being born in a manger under that Shining star, to A winter wonderland full of snow and ice skaters.
It makes me stop a moment to be thankful for all the things that have happened, from the good to the bad, every experience making me grow and mature in different ways, testing me here and there, making me push every possible button to see what will happen.
I have to be honest, it makes me relieved too.
Another year over, another year that I didn’t die, I’m still living, I’ve gotten further then I ever before, it means for now, I can start to plan all the things I want to achieve next year.
And yes, all these thoughts can be provoked by the simple plugging in of a string of colourful lights.
The way they sparkle like an army of very organized fireflies, and how when you squint they all kind of soften and merge together, how if you have a real Christmas tree, the smell they have when you first pull them out again, that soft plastic-y smell and pine, bringing forth memories of the last Christmas.
Ah, Christmas lights, who knew you could be such a deep subject?
So this year, when I plug in our Christmas tree for the first time, or when I hang them from the window in my room, I’ll be sure to be just a little grateful, for all the memories these little bulbs hold in them.