So…a million years ago when I was in high school (college?) I had a steady babysitting gig, and after I put the boy to bed I would watch Touched By An Angel while I did my homework. The only thing I (mis)remember from the entire series was a single conversation where the red headed angel and her boss are talking and the conversation went something like this:
Red Headed Angel: “I don’t like singing as a human. When I was part of the heavenly choir my voice was angelic and now it’s awful”
Boss Angel: “Girlfriend, He said make a joyful noise, not a good one.”
(In case you, like me, don’t have psalms at your fingertips, I googled and it’s Psalms 98:4 (King James): Make a joyful noise unto the lord, all the earth make a loud noise and rejoice and sing praise )
I have been mis-quoting1 that Boss Angel for the better part of a decade (mostly as justification for some really bad singing), and I feel it can be applied to everything. You entire life. It’s become my mantra. We’re not making beautiful brownies, we’re making joyful brownies.
We’re not having perfect portraits, we’re having joyful portraits.
I’m not a Perfect Preschool Mom, I’m a Joyful Preschool Mom.
It’s not a perfect day, but it sure was a joyful day.
As part of my homework for a creativity workshop I took last summer, I made a little graphic, put it on instagram, printed it up, and put it around my house. These little images make me smile, and remind me not to be too concerned with . . . life in general.
You should borrow my misquote. Make it your own. Put it in your car, on your mirror, in your day planner. Make it the wallpaper on your phone.
Sing loudly, sing joyfully, and don’t worry two figs about perfection. Perfection is boring. Joy is infectious and should be spread as much as possible.
And if that particular little quote doesn’t work for you, I have this one around, too, for obvious reasons. (It’s from Calvin and Hobbes)
- The real quote is: “He never said make a beautiful noise unto the Lord. He said make a joyful noise.” — in the episode “A Joyful Noise.” ↩