To get joy, we must give joy and to keep joy we must scatter joy. – John Templeton
A number of years ago in Chicago, a Christmas time billboard advertising the lottery read, “JOY SOMEONE.”
I loved the phrase instantly. Given the trend of turning nouns into verbs, I thought what better word than JOY.
I’d never heard of John Templeton until I found this in my search for quotes on joy, but the concept of scattering joy struck me – and reminded me of the phrase ‘joy someone’.
To scatter is to disperse or to spread something randomly. I think of the dill, the mint, and the pansies that are scattered throughout my garden – driving my neighbor crazy (see my post from May: Dirty Hands) but making me smile.
In recent years, I’ve lost my natural tendency to choose, give, and scatter joy – and must be far more intentional in my efforts. But today — today I reclaim this piece of me.
Today I choose to scatter joy.
How about you – does choosing, giving, and even scattering joy come easily to you?