Don’t Let Anyone Steal Your Joy


If you’ve been reading this blog for a bit, you know that I walk most mornings at Saint Mary’s Park in the South Bronx.

Walking to the park on school days, I’m often struck by fathers and mothers dropping their small children off at school. The pride and love and hope are palpable.

Perhaps this sense is so present because in a neighborhood like this, parents walk their children to school rather than dropping them off from a car. So for blocks around, you see mothers and fathers holding the hands of their well-groomed children with their fresh fall school clothes and backpacks.

As the children get close to the school, their parents hug them and wave goodbye and then wait and watch as they’re greeted by the teachers standing at the school door.

A Treasure Worth Sharing

This morning, as I was doing my daily clean up of Saint Mary’s Park, I stumbled upon a handwritten note on a big yellow post-it, printed in a neat hand (pictured above).

Here’s what it said:

Don’t let anyone steal your joy. Rock on and continue to show the world that you are great.  You can do anything your heart desires. If you don’t know how, ask. Always sound out your words and do your best.  Have a great day.

Mommy Loves You.

So there you have it. It’s a message for you this morning, too.

“Don’t let anyone steal your joy.”

And remember, you can do anything your heart desires. Your mother wants you to know that!

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Pay it Forward: Don’t Let Anyone Steal Your Joy

No matter how old you are or what race or class or culture, love has the power to make you whole. So pay it forward — pass this uplifting sentiment along to someone you love. You’ll feel great and so will the person on the receiving end.

Share your thoughts in the comments below. Or, pay it forward on my Facebook page and share your thoughts there. 🙂