Joy and more joy. This is the change I wish to see in the world. Recently, I crafted a mantra: “I am making joyful choices.” These words support me in everyday life by affirming that my willpower brings me where I want to be. In this way, I believe I am able to handle the hard parts with grace, possibly even with a smile on my face.
This week's Hive Open Mic theme is “Joie de Vivre” (Joy of Living). I love this invitation to sing a song that lights me up. The one I'm sharing here is a new song. I think it originated when I was at a social gathering, feeling connection, and I introduced myself by the name: Mm Hm. The resulting song is an expression of joy, short and sweet.
I think the world needs my smile right now. And yours too, friend. I understand we can't paint the gray sky pink with our smiles, but I think we can choose joy in any situation. What if a smile is our natural state of being? What if happiness is the truest part of who we are? What if making joyful choices is as easy as flipping a switch on and off? I believe it is.
Honestly, focusing on my Joie de Vivre is saving my life. On a surface level, I am at an awkward stage, recently receiving braces in order to address my teeth grinding, with tension headaches that I wake up with every morning. My companion of 10 years is dating someone new. My necessary expenses often overshadow my income, even though I'm often overwhelmed with work. And yet, I am dominated by thoughts and feelings of joy, because I am abundantly happy on the inside.
A new song about simple pleasures
Fill a home with aroma
Life is sweet and savory
Like a warm piece of pie
Paint a field colorful
Simple glimpses of everyday
Heaven here on the earth
Simple glimpses of everyday heaven
Hive Open Mic - Week 77 is underway right now, with the current theme: “Joie de Vivre.” We introduce new themes every Sunday, inviting musicians to share a common current. Musicians always have full freedom to bring whatever music feels inspired in the moment. There is still time to jump in and enjoy this week's Hive Open Mic event!