Stop and Twirl: Honoring Joyful Moments with Happiness
The very best thing you can do with a joyful moment is to notice it, feel it, and - whatever your style - share it. We honor happiness best by appreciating its presence and allowing it to spread its magic to those around us.
VOICE 2012 (a voice -over conference), held at the Disneyland resort. One morning I walked through Downtown Disney, and watched excited families head toward the entrance of the Magic Kingdom.
One of the families had to stop abruptly as they made their way towards the promise of Mickey Mouse and Cinderella. Why? Their little girl, dressed in her princess finery, simply had to stop and twirl - certainly to feel the thrill of the swishing of her beautiful princess dress, but also, I think, because her joy was just too large to remain inside.
She was just too happy and excited to merely keep walking. She had to stop and feel the joy. And, by doing so, she marked that moment of happiness not only for herself but for all (including me) who saw her pure expression of happiness.
We all need to do that, I thought. Honor the happy moments, cement them in our memory banks, by taking that simple second to just notice how happy we are. And to share it if we can.
One Jewish prayer begins with "Shema Yisrael", often translated at "Hear, O Israel" - but, like many translations, there are other ways to transcribe the meaning. "Shema" can also mean listen, or hear and do, or even accept. To take a moment for any of these actions sets that moment apart from the rest of the day, and makes it special.
So, a "shema moment" means we step aside from moving constantly forward to the next moment, and just listen, hear, do, accept. Breathe. Notice our own happiness. Appreciate it. Let it warm our heart, and just possibly the hearts of those who are also part of that moment in time.
Be present. Be happy. Be happy to be happy, no matter what may come next. For whatever comes next, we will handle it then.Continued on the next page