- be happy – intransitive verb to feel very happy or show great happiness about something
- make somebody happy – transitive verb to fill somebody with happiness
I don’t know when I started singing in the car. Maybe it was the road trip to Texas with my brother – sweltering, record breaking August heat through Arizona and New Mexico – in my red corolla with no AC. Or maybe it was years of the five hour drives home – treacherous Northern Alberta winter roads – after a weekend in the big city.
I don’t just sing along – I blew a speaker on my previous vehicle. I totally denied it to my husband – “I’m sure it was like that for a long time… I’m sure it was like that when we bought it”.
I live in a small community outside of a large metropolitan center. When we first moved here, I worked in the city. I LOVED my drive to work. Thirty minutes of warbling at the top of my lungs in the morning, and then thirty minutes of the same on my way home. Bliss! A big city – no one knew me, tunes cranked, arm pumping – I would yodel away. When I began working in the town I live in, I decided it was appropriate to be more circumspect. O how I missed my times of vocal abandon driving into the city.
Twice – in the last several weeks, within a kilometer of my house – my car bouncing, and fully committed to the lyrics, I was brought to an awareness of my exuberance. It was the looks from my fellow motorists that caught my attention.
I only sing for me. And if you knew me, you would know how painfully self conscious I have been for most of my life – the confession of this secret indulgence might surprise you.
But I can’t stop! I YEARN for those moments – car stereo blasting, driver seat bouncing … letting it all out!
Which brings me to the word REJOICE. It is a word of “the season.” It is commonly associated with heavenly choirs of angels, and rapturous choruses from the Mormon Tabernacle. Rejoicing is more than reflective thoughts of thankfulness or lists in a gratitude journal. It is a verb – it is action.
It is full body contact with JOY.
In our busy, hectic, stressful lives – happiness has become a silent emotion and joy just another Christmas word. Our bodies and minds and spirits need to experientially REMEMBER what HAPPY is. It is a sensory experience. It is a physical, emotional, spiritual experience. And it needs to resonate, vibrate and BOUNCE!
It doesn’t cost a penny. It just takes movement. Turn your music up LOUD – start singing in the shower, or dancing with the lights out! Engage with JOY – with your whole being! Spread your arms wide, reach farther than you thought possible – STRETCH into the unknown! Let emotion rise up and overwhelm you! MOVE. DANCE. JUMP. SING. BE LOUD!
It is the season to rejoice. I hope you find a moment to ENGAGE with JOY, and celebrate with spirit, soul and body. Rejoice FULLY!
And if some day you hear loud music while you are driving – it may just be me, engaging in joy!
How do you engage with JOY?