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In the face of daily tasks and competing demands for our time, have we forgotten how to have fun, how to rejoice, how to create a lasting zest for living? Jaroldeen Edwards invites us to choose a different way of living—a way filled with joy and enthusiasm for the ordinary and the extraordinary aspects of mortality.
No, she doesn't live her life on some totally carefree or intellectual, impractical plane. She has a large family (twelve children!), does laundry twice a day, struggles to find ways to feed everyone, chauffeur them, meet their needs and her own. Jaroldeen doesn't do it anywhere near perfectly, but she loves the process.
She says: "I do not pretend that it is a simple thing to live a life in which we create celebration. We must wrest happiness from the daily, hard stuff of our challenging and sometimes disappointing lives."
But she believes passionately that it can be done. After all, she points out, "Joy is the great companion our Heavenly Father intended us to have. Very slight changes in our attitudes, in the way we use our time, and in our knowledge of ourselves and of the Lord can bring enormous rewards."
With Jaroldeen's ten principles of joyous living, we all can find specific ways to increase and enrich the happiness we feel—and ways to share happiness with others.
"To fully appreciate simplicity, we need clear, trained eyes that see magnificence in simple things and a pure heart that recognizes the hand of the Lord in the blade of grass."
She tells why we sometimes ought to jettison leftover parts of a task and explains the reasons why work well finished generates feelings of relief and satisfaction.
And she reminds us that we can break out of our established patterns—we needn't be the captives of our habits or our past: "At the height of strawberry season or asparagus season or corn season, we often make an entire meal of a single, delicious fruit or vegetable."
Jaroldeen's enthusiasm for family, nature (check out her experience with the mountain of daffodils), art, literature, and music is infectious, and she expresses her ideas in a manner that is both lyrical and lively.
Celebration! is a delight to read, and it will bring delight into your life and the lives of all you touch.
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