Have you ever noticed the tiny bubbles in a glass of Champagne, sparkling cider, or any other “fizzy” drink, for that matter? There’s just something about those carbonated drinks that makes them so special and festive. They tickle your nose and taste buds as you drink, they move and sparkle in the light, and they bring a sense of joy to nearly any occasion—in fact, if you listen closely, you can almost hear them singing in the glass! Quite obviously, it’s the bubbles that make these drinks so uniquely uplifting.
I always enjoy the satisfying “pop” and fountain effect that occurs every time I wiggle the cork off a frosty, cold bottle of Champagne. Much to the delight of some and the dismay of others nearby, I often let the cork recklessly fly where it may—and I love to watch the foam build as I fill the glasses.
Some bubbles rise quickly to the surface, dissipating into the atmosphere with scarcely a moment’s hesitation or a ripple. Others are so full of life that they literally spring above the surface to pop and explode outward like tiny, pearlescent fireworks. Most, it seems, swirl and dance upward together—sometimes forming gracefully swaying “bubble Conga lines” or even merging playfully before they disappear. There are others too, that cling to the bottom of the glass, as if stubbornly refusing to join in the fun. It’s almost as if they’re afraid to let go and embrace the experience. Sadly, they neither grow, nor move, and eventually waste away—one invisible molecule at a time.
Of all of them, the bubbles I find most captivating are those that shine brilliantly as they rise. They reflect the light and offer something special—a magical “sparkle” to the glass. Regardless of their individual qualities, there’s something wonderful about all of the bubbles—perhaps it’s their unpredictable movements, their lively energy, their effervescent spray, or the delightful tingle they leave behind. Whatever it is, there’s just something special about them that naturally contributes to a joyful and memorable experience.
In this wonderful refreshment we call life, I’ve decided to be a part of the “fizz”. I intend to be both a “sparkler” and a “popper”. I can see your “sparkle” too—but are you really letting it shine as brightly and brilliantly as you might? It’s easy. Just let go, share the experience with others, and enjoy the wild, unpredictable ride upward.
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