Heart-Bursting Happiness

Words (C) Dr. Seuss

Recently my BFF sent me a text. (BFF is short for “best friend forever” in case you’ve been busy recreating the Ice Age in northern Siberia for a while.)

We were trying to convey our excitement at getting to see one another in person (we live 169 miles away from each other). We had conspired together to throw The Husband a small surprise party for his  birthday even though we knew it could possibly end badly. (He hates surprises. And birthdays. And surprises on his birthday.) It was okay; we were willing to take the chance because we could see each other face-to-face even if it was only for like, 90 minutes.

So, back to the text….

We were excited. Even if the birthday thing was a total flop, I was going to get to see my BFF (and a whole bunch of other really wonderful friends)! How do you text “Squeeeeeee!!!!!!!”? <–That is the sound you make when you’re excited, in case you’re wondering. It’s super-hard to convey excitement in text messages, even if you use a lot of emoticons like :) and :D !

Then she said,

It makes my heart so happy, I feel like the Grinch when the heart meter explodes!

A text to remember.

Do you ever feel like that? So happy that your heart is full and running over…practically exploding inside your chest?

There are many days when I feel rather grinchy, but when something special happens–like getting to spend a day spent visiting with far-away friends–I can feel my heart growing three sizes bigger, just like The Mean One experienced.

And the minute his heart didn’t feel quite so tight, he whizzed with his load through the bright morning light

Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

After that moment when The Grinch’s heart nearly burst wide open, he  immediately felt lighter. He still had a load to carry, but he WHIZZED head-on into the day.

Let’s face it: the holiday season can be very stressful. It’s easy to get a bad attitude when the Christmas tree lights are in a tangled mess, you get stuck standing in the slowest moving ten-foot-long line at the store or you ruin a batch of candy (made from the finest and most expensive ingredients, no less). It’s rather easy to become a grinch.

Let’s make a pact.

Whenever you’re feeling all grumpy and frumpy and ready to kick the next person who starts humming, “Jingle Bells,” let’s take a moment to think about all those moments of heart-bursting happiness that occur during this time of the year.

Tell me: what makes your heart happy during the hustle-and-bustle of the Christmas season?

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5 Responses to Heart-Bursting Happiness

  1. Amy says:

    Last year I was having a really hard Christmas. I hate the commercialism of it, but unfortunately I didn’t know how to escape from it. My kids were being kids, my husband was being my husband, but I was overwhelmed, stressed to the max and ready to cancel Christmas. After work one night, my husband was in the shower. Somebody knocked on the door. It was after dark, so I did not go to the door. I waited for him and he went out there, to no one. But he looked down and there was a basket full of goodies for us. Chocolates, wafers, more chocolate, strawberries… It was divine. There was also a jar in with our goodies…. full of change. It was filled to the brim and there were no pennies. When we counted it, there was over $80 in there! I told my kids the story of the Christmas Jar that night. They still talk about what happened and how it put the joy back in our Christmas.

    This year, we did a Christmas jar. We used the almost $90 to buy goodies for 2 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, and the rest went towards sponsorship for a new child through Compassion International. Every time I think of what happened last Christmas, my heart bursts with joy!

  2. Megan says:

    That is a FANTASTIC story. Yes!! That’s what I’m talking about!

    I think I already mentioned this, but I started a Christmas Jar this month, but I hope to give it away during a random time like mid-February or July. ;)

    • Carrie Hernandez says:

      What’s the story of the Christmas Jar?

      • Megan says:

        There’s a book called “The Christmas Jar” where a family saves all their spare change in a jar for a year in order to buy gifts.They end up starting a tradition where they give it away each year anonymously.

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