Thursday, December 9, 2010


Kelsey Keizer

I was reading the other day... Good old Chuck Swindoll... it was his book "Laugh Again: Experience Outrageous Joy" this is the excerpt that especially stuck out...

"I know of no greater need today than the need for joy. Unexplainable, contagious joy. Outrageous Joy. When that kind of joy comes aboard our ship of life, it brings good things with it - like enthusiasm for life, determination to hang in there, and a strong desire to be of encouragment for others. Such qualities make our voyage bearable when we hit open seas and encouter high waves of hardship that tend to demoralize and paralyze. There is nothing better than a joyful attitude when we face the challenges life throws at us."

"The happiest people are rarely the richest, or most beautiful, or even the most talented. Happy people do not depend on excitement and 'fun' supplied by externals. They enjoy the fundamental, often very simple things in life. They waste no time thinking other pastures are greener; they do not yearn for yesterday or tomorrow. They savor the moment, glad to be alive, enjoying their work, their families, the good things around them. They are adaptable; they can bend with the wind, adjust to changes in their times, enjoy the contests of life, and feel themselves in harmony with the world. Their eyes are turned outward; they are aware. They have the capacity to love."

Although I think you are outwardly beautiful Kels, I couldn't help think of you when he was talking about all the qualities of a joyful person. Your enthusiasm for life and determination. Your committment to the people around you, and the encouragment you are to them. You get excited over small things and its contagious. I will never forget the kind of teammate you were. How, whether you were in the game or not, you were the most excited person. Encouraging those around you and celebrating little plays. You are a great example of what it means to live a life full of outrageous joy... and I am so thankful to be able to have you in my life. Miss you Kels!


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