One of the joys of travel is experiencing new and unexpected delight.
For example, birds that would be considered “exotic” (and only found in zoos in Canada) are commonplace in Australia.
This rainbow lorikeet is one of many that regularly come to the trees and veranda railings asking to be fed. In fact, there is a pair that have become so comfortable with me that they follow me around everywhere I go, landing right beside me, chirring and chatting.
Sometimes a song or video captivates me and fills me with joy. If it’s music, it makes me want to get up and move, sing like no one’s listening (trust me, it’s better than no one listens…I have no musical ability!), and let loose.
In such moments, joy fills me to overflowing.
Here’s one of those videos, shared with me by a friend (ignore the political affiliation, watch the moves, and let the beat take over).
I double-dare you to watch it and not feel joy, exhilaration, and vibrant happiness 🙂
Is it a feeling? How do you know when you’re experiencing it?
For me, joy is often a quiet inner knowing; a feeling that bubbles up from deep within and expands until it bursts out all around me. The whole world seems brighter and lighter in that moment and I feel like I’m being carried on the wind.
Sometimes I experience joy in certain places, or with specific people. Other times, it comes upon me unexpectedly. I find it’s elusive, hard to define, yet unmistakable when it arrives.
What brings you joy?
Flying across the water, wind in the sails … that’s joy!
I discovered this beauty a few days ago. At first I thought it was a morning glory flower because I noticed it first thing in the morning.
Last evening, however, I saw a second one, unfurling slowly. Within an hour, it was completely open, and remained so all night. This morning it is gently closing.
It’s called a moonflower because it blooms during the night (and probably also because it’s white). However, for me it’s really a star flower. The star design at the centre reminds me that I am a star at my core (as are you), and it’s important to let that star quality shine for everyone to see!