Sunday, August 31, 2014

Spontaneous Joy!

This weekend in the US is the holiday of Labor Day! A long weekend that most of us, including myself, really need at this point after an amazing fun-filled Summer!

Do you ever get that little giddy-up feeling at times when something exciting or a vacation arrives?
Perhaps this Friday when we knew we were going to have a long weekend?

Sometimes it's just as simple as hearing a song on the radio that takes you back to a time of happiness, oh that swelling of excitement that surfaces to bring about that giddy-up feeling.

Yes, I received that exhilerating feeling on Friday too. Then I had a flashback of a time when a Spontaneous action relieved anxiety and brought joy to myself but also to others. Similiar to the joy and excitement of this holiday weekend!

Returning from an overseas trip our flight was delayed getting back to the US. Everyone was waiting at baggage claim to retrieve luggage to get through customs. The anxiety for so many was the worry of missing flight connections to get home. Yes, it was late, it was a long flight, and I must admit I was a little concerned about missing my connection. Then standing there observing everyone anxiously anticipating for the buzzer to indicate our luggage was about to be received, a Frank Sinatra song came on the sound system. Don't ask me why I did it, perhaps it was the remandents of the beautiful vacation or just me being silly. So what happened?

I took Mike's hand, my husband, and began to dance in our space around the baggage area. We danced, laughed, smiled and just enjoyed the moment, like there was nobody else in the room. When the song was done, we high fived and laughed! To our surprise, our flight companions were clapping and laughing with us! Did I care what other's thought or may have said? NOPE! I ran with my gut instict and relieved my anxiety the best way I knew how at that moment. By being in the moment, enjoying the spontaneous urge and somehow knowing that everything would work out. Yes, it did!

Each of us through our actions, make such a difference and at times do not realize how our actions or not acting can make an impact. Time for me now to encourage all of us to continue to enjoy each situation and when that spontaneous urge to do something joyful arrives- do it!

The dancing couple, at the top of the page, was a reminder of this story. When traveling in Sedona, I came across this statue and years later this story brought a giddy-up in my thoughts!

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
Celebrating Joy, Celebrating Life, Celebrating each of you and Celebrating " Labor Day weekend"