For Adults Only?

49bcb62f4b6fc83ea62e3900289893cb Yep. It’s an odd title and an odd image for a “Mormon Blog,” but it totally captures some of the things that have been bouncing around in my head lately. I’ve been thinking a lot about joy. Now I’ve really got you confused, haven’t I?

Traditionally, we have recognized certain behaviors and activities as vices. To protect children from being subjected to circumstances that their brains haven’t matured enough to understand, we label these things “For Adults Only.” We somehow tell ourselves that these things are o.k. as we mature because we can make reasonable decisions as we age.

While we make these choices and behaviors look sophisticated, I can’t see that they bring joy.

I see joy on the faces of children as they innocently play. I see joy when they discover something new or accomplish a difficult goal. I see joy in the faces of adults who are spending quality time with people they love. I also see joy when people are productively engaged in hobbies.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen these joyful activities inherently lead to sorrow, but I have seen our sophisticated adult vices do so regularly.

So, I guess I’m just thinking out loud today, and reaffirming my choice to be a little less sophisticated and to find more joy.

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