A Real Kind of Happiness. A Real Kind of Love.

"Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: ..

.. if serving, in our serving; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness..

           ...Let love be genuine."

(Romans 12:6-9)

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I don't have the words to curate exactly the love I felt back then amongst the Jamaicans' warming and inviting presence, so I am going to let these photos below speak for themselves.

A small description provided with each photo below to show the impactful, constant reminding love that these people shared with us in just three quick days.

Not only did they serve us, they served us well with cheerfulness and acts of grace even when we didn't deserve it. Many of these individuals do not come from multimillion dollar families; the money doesn't make them happy. Many of these individuals do not have the means to provide an extravagant Christmas Day dinner course; an extravagant meal on earth isn't what makes them happy. Many of these individuals do not receive smile after smile when it comes to their work amidst the resort -- consistent smiling faces isn't what makes them happy. So what does? How are these individuals SO genuinely happy? All that I could think of of when it comes to their love is a simple term, but a strong Being, "Jesus."

Their love is an exact replica of how I imagine Jesus' love was on earth: humble, genuine, and pure. Bringing light to even the darkest of beings.

Dive in below and witness the pure happiness that was shared with us on these Jamaican days.

 

Not a moment went by where their smiles didn't shine.

Not a moment went by where their smiles didn't shine.

Photobombs happen. This might be the best one yet. She's the resort's wedding planner, and she completely rocked.

Photobombs happen. This might be the best one yet. She's the resort's wedding planner, and she completely rocked.

Nickesha, the woman behind the desk. Graciously coordinating our visit to the beach to meet up with Robin's Nest Orphanage crew! She hooked us up with the best driver around.

Nickesha, the woman behind the desk. Graciously coordinating our visit to the beach to meet up with Robin's Nest Orphanage crew! She hooked us up with the best driver around.

And of course, what's a grand image without another photo bomb??

And of course, what's a grand image without another photo bomb??

The man behind the wheel. Thanks again Nickesha for the ride!

The man behind the wheel. Thanks again Nickesha for the ride!

Hands down, happiest cab ride we've ever taken part of. 

Hands down, happiest cab ride we've ever taken part of. 

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A look inside of what Jamaica actually looks like off of the resort.

A look inside of what Jamaica actually looks like off of the resort.

Wouldn't be livin without a little bit coffee.

Wouldn't be livin without a little bit coffee.

Jodie Ann, you brightened my day more than you know. Thank you for your soft smiles and welcoming personality.

Jodie Ann, you brightened my day more than you know. Thank you for your soft smiles and welcoming personality.

Damart, the most stylish bell hop to date. Am I right??

Damart, the most stylish bell hop to date. Am I right??

Tamoya - the woman who consistently recognized my curly hair and Joshua's big smile. She greeted us with warmth wherever she saw us. What's the key to her happiness?? ....

Tamoya - the woman who consistently recognized my curly hair and Joshua's big smile. She greeted us with warmth wherever she saw us. What's the key to her happiness?? ....

..She gently laughed at my question and said "Oh. you  justhave to come back to and find out. Ya mon?"

..She gently laughed at my question and said "Oh. you  justhave to come back to and find out. Ya mon?"

Creativity sparks a light. His happiness? All in the calmness that accompanies his work.

Creativity sparks a light. His happiness? All in the calmness that accompanies his work.

He cleans on a daily basis. His happiness? "Comes from the heart. It's rooted in the love."

He cleans on a daily basis. His happiness? "Comes from the heart. It's rooted in the love."

So as I sit reminiscing with photos at hand, I'm not only reminded of the oh so fitting tune, "Be happy. Don't worry.", but I am also reminded that happiness stems into joy - and joy is a mere choice. A choice we get the chance to make on a daily basis. Despite not having our dream job, or thousands of dollars in a savings account, or meeting the most perfect significant other of our dreams - we still get the pure option to choose Joy and seek Hope. Joy runs deeper than surface level happiness; for happiness can be rooted in materialistic, worldly items. No, joy as we now know is "rooted deep within the heart." - far beyond the soul. So let me ask you, are you choosing joy today? And if so, are you spreading it for all others to see?