Happy New Year!
We’re still early enough in that we wish this to dear friends and strangers alike. It’s a greeting filled with hope.
But then, right around this time, I hear others (and myself) say, “Thank God the holidays are over. Now we can get back to normal.” Then meanwhile, back in the Land of Normal, we miss the Happy.
I miss the music already. Specifically, the song “Joy to the World!” The jubilance of hearing a choir belt out those first four words (the only ones I know), sends a thrill through me every time. I don’t get why we don’t keep singing it through the year. (I actually do, but only in the shower. You’re welcome.)
No choir’s singing, “Happy to the World!”
I wondered why. So, I googled the history of “happy,” from the 14th Century. It meant “being lucky, favored by fortune.” Two centuries earlier, we borrowed “joy” from the French, meaning a “feeling of pleasure and delight.”
Good luck comes from good things coming to us. Bring it on! But the “good” and the ‘feh” appear when they do. If they do. In their own sweet time. Have you noticed?
Joy I can muster up daily. I’ve got the power to intend, ask for and receive delight from inside, even if half of hell is breaking loose out there. To find joy in some little moment that connects me to my most valuable gift. My Self.
Et viola! I just saw a pic of a hedgehog wearing socks! Put this personal head of mine right-sized up again. For joy!
Plus, money follows joy. The most successful brands know this.
So, this year, my one etched-in-stone plan is to have joy every day. To mark it in my calendar. That’s my business. Even if it’s for five minutes. Five minutes can do it.
Joy expands. Happiness fizzles. Usually, by the 15th of January. Don’t be afraid.
It’s simple. Like this children’s poem by my hero, Shel Silverstein.
THE LAND OF HAPPY
Have you been to The Land of Happy.
Where everyone’s happy all day.
Where they joke and they sing
Of the happiest things.
And everything’s jolly and gay?
There’s no one unhappy in Happy.
There’s laughter and smiles galore.
I’ve been to The Land of Happy –
What a bore!
Wishing Joy to Your World in 2019!
Thank you for reading.
It’s my joy to hear how I can help you.
© The Land of Happy, Shel Silverstein: from the book “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” Harper Collins, 1974.