Greatest joy, biggest regret

Among the greatest joys of life is the look of unalloyed delight in a child’s face. It’s a look of supreme satisfaction and living in the moment to the fullest. When my son was in pre-school, elementary school one of my pleasures was saying or doing things that would bring a smile and light up his face. Could be something as simple as saying a few words of encouragement, a warm hug, spinning stories to praise him, getting a game or saying/doing something silly. Most worries melt away on seeing bright smile of a child 🙂

The biggest regrets tend to be words said or actions taken in haste. Expressing disappointment at lower than expected grades or displaying anger if something is broken or lost. Or turning away a youngster selling cookies to raise money with the thought “How many cookies can one eat? I don’t want to add more sugar to my body”. Overreaction could be caused by external factors like something not going as planned at work or an appliance breaking down and waiting a long time for a response on calling a 1-800 #. Luckily wife is there to set the situation right many a times and drill sense into yours truly 🙂

Bottom line: Doesn’t take much to make someone’s day. Fortunately we get a chance to set things right in most instances even if we get it wrong the first time.