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Jubilation –noun - a feeling of, or expression
of, joy or exultation; a joyful or festive celebration.
Origin; 1350 - 1400 from Middle English (jubila-cioun) –
a shouting for joy.
I have been away from my blog, focusing on my
family and the holidays, and as I write, I hope
everyone reading this post enjoyed their festivities.
The fun family activities took a macabre turn
with the news of the death of an older, extended
family member, a few days before the holiday.
Already tired of the disorderly transition of
family and friends, this one put a damper on
my usually upbeat celebration of Thanksgiving.
It was not until last night that my mood took a
positive turn, when our preschool grandson,
finished assisting with the putting up of his
family’s Christmas Tree, providing me, and I
think all in attendance, with a lesson in tapping
our inner joy.
All through dinner our grandson beamed
with the flush of holiday spirit, making all
us promise a Christmas sing-along that he
would lead. So, when we finished eating,
we were each allowed to pick from a bag,
an instrument from his collection - be it
cymbal, triangle, bell, shaker, or block, all
percussive in nature, as he lined us up in
single file parade style, with the instruction
to listen for his countdown.
As the grandson boldly took the lead,
he announced that the first song selection
was Rudolph, then accented each step like
a majorette, with kids and adults alike
copying his high kick style, laughing,
singing, and playing their instruments as
we all marched, throughout the kitchen,
dining room and living room.
As the carols changed, and the band
members tired, our bandleader did his best
to keep us in line: but throughout, the joy
was palpable and contagious. Joy, unbridled
joy, created by a little boy who touched the
heart of living much deeper than I have been
doing this holiday season.
As a result, I woke this morning thinking
about how I, we, all of us, might recapture
our joy this holiday season; and after asking
for guidance came across this Affirmative
Thought below posted 6.21.2010 on the blog.
Let us not let current events steal our joy!
Today let us aim to live our lives in joy –
finding what is joyous in each moment –
in each situation we encounter; waking
in joy, going to sleep in joy - pure –
Today let us realize that joy comes from
within us - a pure emotion of elation and
happiness flowing from our divine center –
flowing from our interpretation of life and
the world we are living in now.
Today let us understand that joy is always
available – always present – waiting for
us to clap our hands – stamp our feet –
Let us dance to the joy of life!
WITH LOVE, G.