As I’ve thought about this blog, I feel a bit like I do on Thanksgiving when we go around the table to say what we are thankful for … Usually, I mutter something about health, and family. You can hear (and it is just audio, even though it is a video) a sermon I preached once talking about this ritual here.
I don’t suppose I have anything much more original to say today. It is always those intangibles that really make us happy and satisfied in life. So to divert from the obvious, let me offer a few things that might bring a little variety to this topic.
Laughter – yes, laughter makes me happy. I went through a period where I realized I hardly ever laughed. I have found that over the years, because of circumstances and all the stuff life throws at you, that I had forgotten how to laugh. Laughter is a gift. It releases all sorts of happy stuff through your body. Recently, on my trips back “home” to Brooklyn I have found myself and found my laugh.
Singing – I love to sing. I don’t have a bad voice but living in Music City I tend not to offer it as much as I did when I lived in the Northeast where not everyone was a would-be country star. Singing makes me happy. Singing lightens my seriousness. Like laughter, I used to sing a lot. And like laughter, I sort of “lost” this along the way. Singing also reminds me of my dad who would often break into song and sing about Jesus in our house. Anything that reminds me of my dad makes me happy too.
Brooklyn makes me happy. Okay, so I have already mentioned Brooklyn. Tt brings things out of me that I thought were lost. Seriously, there is no place that makes me happier than Brooklyn. Some internal switch comes on when I am there and I’m alive again! And while we are talking about Brooklyn, everything about NYC makes me happy, riding the subway, walking through the crowds, street vendors, and don’t forget a Nathan’s Hot Dog bought at Coney Island!
Last but not least, being Norwegian makes me happy. I just love to embrace my Norwegian heritage. I love everything about being Norwegian. Funny, all these go together – while the Norwegians are known for being “jovial”, they do have a strong wit about them, and do like to have a good time with laughter. And sing? Oh yes, they love to sing! I remember watching the Olympics when they were in Norway in the 90’s – every time you turned around some group of Norwegians were singing something. And of course, for me, Brooklyn and Norwegian go together. You can see a little clip of my recent trip to Brooklyn to celebrate the Syttende Mai (Norwegian constitution day) here.
Okay, maybe these seem trite and they are compared to my husband, kids, faith, health, etc. But, if you want to see me really happy – come with me to Brooklyn and we’ll laugh and sing.