I cannot tell you how many times in my life, I received what I believe to be a sign or message I needed to hear.
Recently, as my wife Linda and I were driving home from the airport, she said, “Did you see that license plate? It said, Be Joyful.”
Me: “That’s too many letters.”
Linda: “Actually, it was the letter B and joyful.”
Me: “That’s still too many letters. In Texas you are only allowed six letters on vanity plates.”
Linda: “I know what I saw.”
Not five minutes later, the same car was in front of us. The plate read, B JOYFL.
While I should have been pleased to have been right about our discussion, I was not.
It didn’t matter.
What mattered was that someone had taken it upon themselves to make a positive statement with their license plate and in doing so, was spreading joy (and causing lively discussions) throughout the land. That gave me great joy.
Joy is the gift that keeps on giving. When you are the giver, you are also the recipient.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “You shall have joy, or you shall have power, said God, you shall not have both.”