The True Joy in Life

The first children’s concert of the season was a success! For my part, the best thing was looking out at a sea of kindergarten faces and saying, “let’s jump” or “let’s take a big breath” and then joining them in that safe place where Beth and I become five, again, too.

For the last thirty years, we’ve arrived at the library, school or camp, played a show or two and then come home with that good kind of tired. Do you know what I mean?

George Bernard Shaw said…

“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”

George Bernard Shaw

Some of my friends get that from service. Sandi, Paul, Brahmani, Bill, Dave and Gary are friends I can call and they will ALWAYS say, “Yes. I’ll be right over” or “I can do that” or “How much do you need?” My parents, Jim and Pat, are like that, too. And then there are the dozens of teachers, principals, camp directors and children’s librarians I’ve had the pleasure of meeting through the years – some of whom I am happy to call my friends.

Last week, I posted on Facebook that my grief and anxiety had passed and I was finding more happiness, at last. At last count, 133 people “liked” this post and another 30 or so people posted encouraging comments about my emotional journey. I am amazed, humbled, pleased and very grateful for the support I have received from all of these people. It may sound trite to say, “I couldn’t have done it alone,” but I believe that the collective energy of my online community has served me well.

Speaking of community, I’ve joined a new one! As of this evening, I am enrolled in the 2023 Ashaya Yoga Teacher Training program. At the suggestion of my first yoga teacher, Brahmani Liebman, I am excited to study with her first teacher, Todd Norian, a master instructor with 42 years of experience training new yoga teachers. Thank you, Brahmani, for the love you have always shown Beth and I throughout our long personal and professional friendship!

Brahmani Liebman

I don’t know if my path will lead me to become a teacher like Todd, Brahmani or Beth, but I do know that I’m ready to commit to a more significant yoga and meditation practice and this is the best way to achieve that goal. Wish me luck!

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