Yippeee! – To me, even the sound of YIPPEEE is pure joy. It is finding the fun and oh-wow happiness and exuberance in life. Giggling and laughing and being silly. Seeing and thoroughly enjoying the fun and joy in all of life that surrounds us.
Children do this naturally – they see the world through child-like new eyes, they laugh at everything, they get silly and giggle like maniacs, and the world around them is wondrous, exciting, and fun.
Dealing with challenges in life can be serious enough. So I invite you to put that aside for a while, and just be a silly kid. Laugh at mistakes, and giggle at the sounds of words, especially the dirty ones! Have a ball (snicker).
What do you find funny? What absolutely delights you? What makes you laugh until you can barely catch your breath? What makes you giggle like you’re three years old? Do more of that!
And I invite you to look through the eyes of a child – Beginner’s Mind – to see the world anew.
What would it be like to see a tree for the first time? A squirrel? A flower? Rain? Snow? The ocean? Can you feel the awe and oh-wow that bubbles up? Can you feel the joy and delight? Does your mouth fall open with wonder?
I often play a game with myself as I drive home – pretending that I have never been there before, and that I am discovering it all for the first time.
As I drive, I gaze with wonder at the road as it curves, the glorious trees and flowering bushes, the view of the mountains, the neighborhood surrounding me.
Breathless with anticipation, I drive closer to my home, marveling at the sights, smells, sounds, and feel of the place, letting each thing that I see be as though I am seeing and discovering it for the first time. Allowing my eyes to open wide as I take in each sight.
Approaching my door and hearing dogs barking inside, I then wonder what kind of dogs they are, what they look like, and if they are friendly. Opening the door slowly, curious and excited, as though discovering everything inside for the first time.
Approaching and looking in a mirror, wondering what I look like – and will I like what I see?
My husband is just like me – and together, we are like two silly, goofy, crazy kids, laughing at anything and everything.
Yippeee! Full of wonder and delight and silliness – what a fun and glorious way to experience life.
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