Jump for Joy

Click to visit Jump for Joy

Click to visit Jump for Joy

When I started blogging to promote my books, I had no idea the extent to which entering the world of bloggers would be its own reward. There is a joy to keeping a journal, and a feeling of accomplishment in working to make it interesting, well-written and attractive to others. Better than that, though, is that when random people like a post of yours, you look at their blog. And so many times you discover something wonderful.

I’ve been using the phrase “dance for joy” as a tag line for my novel y1. One of the main characters is a fire dancer from Kiribati and the story itself centers around the human need to seek joy in one’s own life. But jumping for joy is close, so when I came across a blog called Jump for Joy I had to check it out. Wow. It is a photo project “Showcasing the beauty of the human spirit — in mid-air — around the world”.

If looking through these beautiful photos of all kinds of people everywhere leaping into the air doesn’t make you smile all the way down to your bones, I don’t what will. Visit them and enjoy!

 

Dance walking for joy

From Your True Voice

From Your True Voice

Ben Aaron of NBC is tired of being filmed participating in various fitness crazes that he dislikes. A few days ago he found a form of exercise he could finally embrace. If this short video of him discovering dance walking on the streets of New York doesn’t make you smile, then you probably need to put on some dance clothes and go try it for yourself.

Dance Walking Video From Superstar Magazine

Not sure how I would fare trying this on the streets of Houston, much less in the outskirts of the city, where I live, but then again it might be just what this part of the country needs. We get the red states dancing, we get the blue states dancing, and maybe after awhile everybody will stop worrying about what kind of state they are in and just enjoy themselves!

May 2014 bring peace, joy and hope to all!

Please enjoy this collage of my favorite images of joy from the past year.

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Thanks and credit to (from upper left, clockwise) 1. Kirsten Bailey 2. Facebook page for the Dalai Lama 3. Viva Institute 4. Otrazhenie 5. Facebook page for the Dalai Lama 6. Dance of Joy 1 by Monica Stewart 7. Viva Institute  8. Facebook page for Your True Voice 9.  American Kabuki 10. Oprah.com

For a look at my favorite images of peace from 2013, please visit my x0 blog here.
For a look at my favorite images of hope from 2013, please visit my z2 blog here.

Rockettes and Rockets

Click to visit the Rockette's Homepage

Click to visit the Rockette’s Homepage

If there is one career I absolutely cannot image myself pursuing, it is that of becoming a Radio City Music Hall Rockette. Seriously. Starting with my lack of rhythm and ending with my disdain of having strangers stare at my body, the list of why I would be extremely unsuited to this occupation is almost endless.

Like the Foundation for a Better Life

Like the Foundation for a Better Life

So imagine my surprise a few years back when I asked my sister-in-law, who I think the world of, what she would have been in life if she could have been anything. It seemed a harmless questions as we set together in a hot tub sharing drinks and laughing, You guessed it, in her secret dreams she is a Rockette. I was so taken aback that I didn’t know what to say.

This year for Christmas, her grown daughter took her to see a Rockette performance, and their mutual joy reverberated throughout my online social network . And I thought, good for her. This is great. She is having the time of her life doing something I have no interest in what-so-ever and isn’t it wonderful that she gets to be her.

Like Sungazing on Facebook

Like Sungazing on Facebook

There was a time years ago when she and I were looking for a movie to see together and I remember her responding to my top suggestion with “oh it sounds like one of those dumb things about outer space and rockets. I hate that stuff.” Of course, I loved movies about rocket ships and all things science fiction back then, because in my secret dreams I was an astronaut. Today, I write “that stuff”, and she cheers on my creative efforts even if she doesn’t particularly understand my interests. She is performing in the chorus of a community play this weekend, and I cheer her on too.

Rockets. Rockettes. Whatever. It takes all kinds and isn’t it nice that you don’t have to be alike to be able to enjoy someone, or to appreciate what they are. It’s enough to make me want to dance for joy. As long as I don’t have to do it wearing sequins and doing high kicks of course.

Dance hard

One of the joys of creating a Facebook page for my collection of novels 46. Ascending has been the way it has given me reason to seek out other pages I enjoy and to share some of my favorite finds.

dancingI love this! But it fits so very much better here on this blog about dancing and joy than it does on my books’ Facebook page, so here it is. Not sure what the exact etiquette is on mixing and matching the two worlds, so please drop by the wonderful Facebook page called TabooJive and show them some appreciation. There is much else there to enjoy.

While you’re at it, please drop by my Facebook page Number 46. Ascending, and look around as well.

 

The look of joy ….

What does joy look like? Jumping (for joy) and dancing (for joy) seem to be the most common images. Here is one of my favorite from the Viva Institute.

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Click to visit the Viva Institute website

Photography works too, and here is another sure to make you smile. It comes from Oprah’s blog.

Click to read 21 Rules for Everyday Senseless Joy by Leigh Newman

Click for 21 Rules for Everyday Senseless Joy by Leigh Newman

But perhaps humor works best of all. This image doesn’t involve leaping, but it filled me with joy all the same. 🙂

Click to visit American Kabuki

Click to visit American Kabuki

For images of hope shown on my z2 blog, click here. For images of peace shown on my x0 blog click here.

Happy now?

When I was in grade school, they told me to write down what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I wrote down happy.
They told me I didn’t understand the assignment,
I told them they didn’t understand life.
—  author unknown

(Voted #6 in the list of best happiness quotes ever over at The Board of Wisdom. Check them out here)

happy

In the year ahead may you celebrate your life, dance for joy, and cherish your uniqueness.

Here’s wishing you a 2013 filled with all that makes you happy!