Letter From the Editor: Joy & Mirth

By Leslie Moore

Letter From the Editor: Joy & Mirth

I stopped by the grocery store on my way home from the office the other day, something I frequently do, especially since my son came home from his French adventure. Feeling tired and not at all excited to be shopping, I hurriedly pushed my cart up and down the aisles, grabbing what I needed with my mind focused on getting home rather than what I was doing. Most of the shoppers I passed that afternoon looked like they felt much the same as I did about being in the grocery store. As I completed my chore, I pondered a couple of minor things that were bothering me, nothing too serious, but my heart felt a little heavy as I pushed my shopping cart to the front of the store and looked for the shortest checkout line.

To my delight, I found a cashier with no customers! She greeted me with a huge smile and a “How are you?” As I loaded my purchases on the conveyor belt, we started chatting. I shop at this store frequently, so I knew this lovely young woman as a happy, friendly soul. After I mentioned how nice it was to see someone in such a great mood, she started talking about how happy she is and told me people asked her all the time if she ever feels angry or down. “Of course I do, I’m human,” she laughed. “But, usually, I get distracted and forget all about it.” Her peals of laughter were like a balm on my frazzled spirit. She continued talking, telling me about her amazing husband and family, and the joy she felt just radiated from her eyes. As I paid for my purchases, my wise friend told me, “Happiness is an inside job you know!”

I walked out of the store on air, my steps lighter than they’d been at any point that day. By sharing her joy in life, my friend reminded me of my own blessings – and there are too many to count. And she is right – happiness IS an inside job.

“The only true measure of success is the amount of joy we are feeling” -Abraham-Hicks

OThe only true measure of success is the amount of joy we are feeling

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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