Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy…. Happy, Happy, Joy….
I remember that happy ditty from the Ren and Stimpy show, a rather offbeat and sometimes gross cartoon on TV. But my family liked it, and frequently someone would find the perfect time to chime in with the appropriate line from one of the episodes (“What’s your dream, Ren?”). And there were several tunes that were fun to sing (Log, Log, it’s brown, it’s magic, it’s wood…).
Now you may be wondering what this has to do with an article about Joy, and beyond the obvious first line, it’s really about finding the fun in simple everyday things. We try to do that in some way each day, and when you get into the habit of it, it’s really not hard at all.
Like the picture above. This came about as the result of a seemingly simple request I made of my sixteen-year old son. I asked him, nicely, to check the fridge for lunch supplies for school the upcoming week. I was making a grocery list. This picture shows how he accomplished that request. Of course, that was what I meant! Joy, happiness can be found in the smallest things. Still brings a smile to me when I see it displayed on the fridge every time I open it.
It can be crazy fun to decide who gets to ride shotgun on the way to school (or it can give you a headache, it all depends on how you choose to look at it); sometimes the kids would have to perform to see who gets the honor of the front seat. Or, my son was telling me about his camping trip with the scout troop and how he had to follow around the younger boys and stop them from setting a bottle of hand sanitizer on fire (or rather, another bottle…)- and I couldn’t stop laughing.
In just about any situation there can be found a thread of humor, if you look at it from the perspective of finding a way to enjoy it. And why not? Isn’t it better to end your day thinking about all the crazy, fun times you had that day, instead of all the dull, same old-same old stuff? I wouldn’t have it any other way. Isn’t it better to end the year on a joyful note? That’s why on New Year’s Eve my best friend and I, and whomever of our kids wants to join us get together and play games as we welcome in the new year. Games! Guaranteed laughter, you never know what might happen, but you can be sure it will be fun. There will be joy.
A Joy shared is a Joy multiplied.
Think outside the ordinary.
Live with Joy.