Joy must be in the air. On Monday, the theme for the Warrior Poets Circle was “unspeakable joy.” Today, Bonnie Gray at Faith Barista is hosting a blog carnival on joy.
I’m not going to sing “My Favorite things” from The Sound of Music like Julie Andrews did. But I do have a list of some of the things that bring me joy – which I rather loosely define as “a surge of emotion that makes it impossible for me to keep a smile off of my face.” And here it is, in no particular order.
My grandson’s squeal of delight.
Dancing with my grandson (notice a theme here).
Waiting at the airport for my wife to deplane after she’s been away for a time. (As soon as I see her, I get this goofy smile on my face.)
My wife turns her head in just such a way, and I see the girl I married 38+ years ago. (Hmmm, notice another theme here.)
A really good book.
An email or note from someone telling me that this novel of mine made them realize something or do something or cry.
An organ postlude played by the music director at our church.
A sunset in Arizona (yes, I know a lot of it comes from smog, but you still can’t beat them for spectacular-ness).
Biking 93 miles in a day (joy matched only by exhaustion; my personal record).
Being cane-free for the last two weeks (the back is backing down).
A good story, told well.
A good poem.
Writing a good poem.
Reading poetry aloud in the English Woodland Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Reading a new book by a favorite author.
Reading an old book by a favorite author.
Dancing at a wedding.
Hearing a really good tenor sing “O Holy Night.”
The day I met the editorial staff of The High Calling in the San Antonio Airport.
The Art Institute in Chicago.
The day my wife and I sat at a window table in a coffee shop across the street from the Art Institute.
Hiking the Shaw Nature Reserve near St. Louis.
To see more posts on joy, please visit Faith Barista.
Top photograph: Arizona sunset; bottom photograph: Pinetum Lake at Shaw Nature Reserve.