DAY 17: I Was Created For Joy…

I sometimes forget that

I was created for joy

My mind is too busy

My heart is too heavy

Heavy for me to remember

That I have been

Called to dance

The sacred dance of life

I was created to smile

To love

To be lifted up

And lift others up

O sacred one

Untangle my feet

From all that ensnares

Free my soul

That we might


And that our dancing

Might be contagious.


Though the murmuration of starlings in the image above is for protection, warmth and sharing of information, we as humans see it as magic as their collective energy forms yet another bird. In awe when we witness it.

A free form collective dance that reminds us to open our hearts and free our souls.

Many of us are finding it extremely challenging to keep on with our lives amidst the constant barrage of virus updates, global warming weather disasters and political unrest. Our busy minds and heavy hearts take us away from why we are here.

So I ask today where do we wish to place our attention?

The Hafiz poem above has the potential to shift the energy of despair, struggle and fear….reminding us we have the power in every interconnected moment to embody the joy of simply being alive. To evolve our own unique dance with and within the collective.

Not only finding joy in those moments but being aware that it is those exact moments of being that are contagious…

About 31 Days of Joy & Laughter Project:

As elders with a long life behind us and not as much embodied life before us, and as humans on the planet Earth at this time, we are being faced with incredible challenges that compete to take our attention.

A couple of days ago I realized I no longer choose to have my attention taken by the fear, doom and gloom broadcast daily, whether on our smart phones news feed or while talking to others. I am weary of it all and need a higher vibration energy bath!.

It is not that I don’t want to know what is happening in the world, but instead the question I am posing to myself, and to you, every day is – where do we want to place our attention? We most always have a choice.

For the month of December I am placing attention on joy, laughter, creativity and acts of kindness as a experiment to see what unfolds. Seeking out and being aware of moments of joy sometimes hidden in the deep pockets and lining of each and every day that seem to get passed over without even looking back. They are always there.

Each day in December you will find a small nugget of joy, humor, creativity or small act of kindness that found me and pulled my attention which will be posted here. I invite you to join me and share your experiences and what you noticed so that we may spread it around! (Please use the “Comment” section below).

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Gaye Abbott, Natural Passages Consulting, 12/17/21. Please feel free to share this post and link to WildlyFreeElder

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