I was walking down a busy city street when I saw from afar what I thought was an older woman animatedly skipping with confidence. She neither cared what people thought nor had a hint of self-consciousness. I was elated to observe this, until I realized she was actually a gleeful young girl tall for her age. Why don’t we skip anymore?
At least the gray-haired women heading toward me on a scooter was real!
It may look funny, but skipping is great exercise. No equipment is needed (including shoes!), it can be done anywhere, and it’s FUN!
Google research shows young children naturally skip along when running, walking and playing because it stretches their growing bodies, and makes them happy.
Apparently, it’s very popular in Holland.
Ok, in all seriousness, the point of this blog entry isn’t to get you to skip (although if you want to send me pictures of that, please do).
What I really want to share is the pure joy I saw emanating from the skipper. It was palatable. It made me smile and want to capture some. What brings you joy, and do you honor and embrace it in real-time?
Blue sky? Quick stretch? A song? A smell? Dance? Delicious morsel of food? Waking up next to a loved one or pet? The feeling of a warm shower? A boss saying, “good job”? These are some of the true joys of life.
We often take the little joyful moments for granted, and studies show that those who practice acknowledgement and gratitude are actually happier and healthier.
So, please make a list of 10 little things that bring you joy. Anything you like! Go ahead, think back to your playground days.
This Thanksgiving weekend, note and express gratitude toward every joyful moment you experience, whether it is skipping or otherwise. It may surprise you how many you count!
I feel grateful to be connected to you. In this beautiful, but sometimes difficult and overwhelming world, a little skipping now and again is just the ticket!
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™