"...you O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy." Psalms 92
What is it about kids and animals that so powerfully draws us in and makes us just laugh? My niece, when she was just four, was our flower girl at our wedding. After a full day and night full of dancing, she grew tired. But when we did one more circle dance, she shook off whatever tiredness she felt and ran - just ran! to join in on the dance.
My dog, after being at my feet while I was writing, writing, writing at my desk, had the patience and persistence to wait until just the right time to look at me with her liquid warm eyes and get me to shake off whatever warm comfortableness I was feeling to join her for a romp in the snow. She leaps, she wags, and we are off.
Joy is powerful! It's contagious and compelling. Joy has been defined as the understanding of the ultimate triumph of life. Life always triumphs and Love never fails. What children and animals seem to know inherently is that life is about playing and exploring, that good is present right now and that we simply cannot wait to see more of life and love and good!
It is enough to shake off any tired thinking, any dead ends and negative ruminations. Jumping for joy just shakes off anything unjoyful, simply because anything unjoyful cannot attach itself to us.
There is too much good to discover. The works of God's hands are everywhere and the only acceptable response is to jump in and dance!
Here are some other posts about the shakedown that happens when joy is at the helm:
Kim C Korinek, CSB
banner photo (c) Micah Korinek; other photos by Gabe Korinek, Kim Korinek, Brad Crooks. Leslie Larsen (c) 2016