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?