Monday, December 27, 2010

Ordinary Joy: Dancing in a Red Dress (of course)

Prompt for Dec. 27: Ordinary Joy. Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful, ordinary moments this year? (Author: Brene Brown)

Well, well. Although I wasn't able to find a red dress photograph for my 12/25/10 #Reverb10 post on the photo that most captured the "real me", I've been showered with a number of red dress shots from Carolyn's wedding (thanks, Maureen!). They'll work quite well for this post today on ordinary joy. It's not that weddings are ordinary or that donning a red dress is ordinary. But, dancing surely can be.

How can we not experience joy when cares are thrown aside, the music summons with a tantalizing, familiar beat, and it becomes all about being who we are in that moment without question, reserve, or worry? As today's author, Brene herself points out in her latest book, The Gifts of Imperfection, dancing along with laughter and song are powerful joyful forces.

So here is my ordinary joy.  How sweet it is.

Carolyn and Mitch's wedding Oct 2010


  1. That is a GREAT dress and you wear it well:)

  2. Joy, yes joy! I told my therapist that when music excites me again, I will know I am healing...I am but not quite there yet.


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