Tomorrow morning I’ll start a fairly long road trip. But I’m ready because I’ll have a very unusual secret weapon with me!! About 6 months ago while giving presentations in Pittsburgh I stumbled across a very cool coffee shop in a mall. I’m a Starbucks girl for sure, but this shop had a coffee mug in the window that drew me in!! First and foremost the mug is purple, the color for Alzheimer’s which I fight against daily! But it’s the words ON the mug that inspire me!! I began carrying the mug with me on the road and if I ever begin to feel sad without Tim I read the words over and over.
This last week was incredible and the joy in my life was overflowing!! Kim and I had an awesome Mommy / Daughter Day at the African American History Museum and saw a fabulous play at the Kennedy Center, I met for hours with a new friend named Reenu after verging the MLK service at church, I attended the wreath laying ceremony at the MLK Memorial in honor of his birthday, I was treated to a birthday dinner with my sister / friend Louise, I began writing a new LEGO-building seminar and finally yesterday I proudly watched my daughter serve as sign language interpreter at her church on the same day little Kendal was baptized!!
Does it get any better? It goes without saying that we missed Tim! He would have been bursting with pride and so was I! When I got home from the Spirit-filled service at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church I took out my Joy cup, filled it with tea and stretched out to relax and watch a movie.
I know I have a long stretch in front of me when I’ll be away from my family, my friends and my church. But each day I’ll remind myself of all of the things I have to be grateful for and I’ll definitely see each day as a new beginning. If all else fails I’ll just take out my cup of Joy, fill it with my favorite coffee or tea and remember that my cup runneth over with love and joy! May your cup runneth over with Joy!!