The following is a guest post from my dear friend in South Dakota. From time to time, you might see a post from her. She writes under the pen name “Lee Sallinger”… and occasionally, as with this post, “Todd’s sister”…
My brother, Todd, is the father of four beautiful children- three girls and a boy- and the grandfather of one adorable granddaughter who is not yet six months old. Recently, my brother challenged his wife to a contest on their swing set. His idea was to see who could swing the highest. Somewhere in the challenge, Todd lost his balance, and he fell forward off the swing.
If you are wincing reading this, I did the same thing when I heard this story, and on Father’s Day no less. I will spare you the picture my sister-in-law took after the “incident”. Despite the bloody nose, black eye, abrasions on his face and blood still running down one of his arms, Todd was smiling! At first, I thought, “How could someone smile after THAT!?!” But the question was soon replaced with the answer that came to my heart, “What a playful, joyous spirit my brother has!”
My brother, who turns 46 in a few days, has been a U.S. Marine, has worked in law enforcement for 18 years, and has faced numerous challenges in his life. He has seen the side of war, crime, and society that many of us would like to pretend does not exist. Yet despite this, he has retained four things: his love for God, the love for his wife and family, the love for the United States of America, and his playful and joyous spirit. It stands to reason that if we know who we are and what we stand for, we have every reason to rejoice!
So embrace those who approach life with the wisdom of experience, the spontaneity of a teenager, and the playfulness of a child. In a world that seems overly complicated and a little more confusing with each passing day, KNOWING someone with a playful and joyous spirit is second only to BEING a person with a playful and joyous spirit.
Race you to the swing set!!