Exuberance I - Greetje Feenstra
Today is one of those days where I find myself pausing from time to time - stilling myself in order to be fully present to the moment.
The day has a shimmer on it, a joyful, energetic vibration permeating deeply into every sense - sight, sound, taste, touch, smell.
The birdsong seems especially joyful today, happy little chirps dancing in the air as I came out of yoga this morning.
The hot mocha I had afterward was delicious, not too thick nor sweet, a light, refreshing taste that had to be savored slowly.
The soft rumbly whirr of a small airplane passing overhead brings my eyes up to the soft gray clouds that are starting to gather.
Lightly kissing my skin, the ocean breeze makes me sigh with pleasure.
I feel like throwing arms wide - ha!ha! - and doing a happy, utterly carefree dance. And I will; as soon as I finish this, I'll put on some music and happily dance in my living room. And then I plan to play piano for awhile, fingering the keys, stretching my hands, enjoying the ease of interpreting the music as my mood suits me.
(One of the pure and simple joys of living alone is that I can do what I want, when I want - totally unrestrained and without a thought about what anyone else might think. No judgement or criticism lives here! Joyful unrestraint is cheerfully accepted and expected!)
I should be working on my taxes, cleaning house and running errands, but I simply cannot scurry through this day, missing out on the magical glow filling each moment, not valuing each breath I take, each beat of my heart, each sound, smell, taste, touch, sight. How can I squander this day? That would seem to be an affront to God and His gift.
The day seems to be filled with the essence of God, making me pause and humbly give thanks. At times, I wonder why I was born into these pleasurable circumstances and wonderful opportunities, rather than in a less-joyful time and place. But I am exactly where God wants me to be and I am filled with gratitude.
"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad."
Oh, thank you, God!