Have you ever been on a bumper car attraction?
Perhaps they are most enjoyed from the sidelines as you can’t help but to smile and feel joy. Some bumper cars cruise around the arena intently avoiding others. Some charge at full speed to bump the car of this methodical avoidance. With triumphant glee, they “got you.” And in the spirit of bumper cars, perhaps you laugh and then maneuver to a safer space. Then there are those who get caught up in the crowd, bumping and being bumped. It seems there is always a car that gets stuck against the edge of the arena that can’t seem to figure out how to get un-stuck.
I was thinking, life is like a bumper car attraction—bumping others and being bumped. We get bumped by people, employers, governmental policy, etc. And in our attempt to find a safer space, we bump others. I wonder if a secret to living a joyful life is more about inner joy and the ability to move on after being “bumped.”
Perhaps it is about creating a circle around those who are being targeted by the “got you” bumper types. But doing so in a way that the act of protecting is its own reward, creates its own joy.
I think a joyful soul is a powerful elixir. So many tales of extreme hardship have turned into powerful messages that leave a positive imprint on society’s reflection. You see, people are watching. They see you. They feel you. If you can be joy filled, love filled when you are being bumped, the blessing of peace will be yours and it will spread to others.
Yes, it is a game of bumper cars. We will be bumped. Sometimes gently, other times with great force. We can’t control what bumper cars are going to do, where they will go, we can only control our reaction to being bumped.
Fill your minutes, hours, days with joyful thoughts. Reflect on your best memories, your cherished ones, and plan the next. Let good fill your mind and pull it deep into your soul. Be a protective bumper for those in need and share your joy with others.
Be a light unto the world and darkness will be nothing more than a shadow of passing bumps.
Together we can extinguish, or at least make burdens less heavy, by having a joyful heart and sharing it with another.
My heart to yours,