IN PRAISE OF THE EXUBERANT

Every now and again, you read something that resonates so strongly with you that you just want to shout “yes!”  I don’t just love this poem.  I adore it! I want to live my life like this, and I’m so grateful for those who choose to Sunshine over my Rain Parades !

Thank you, Samantha for allowing me to share it 🙂 (check out her site here)

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 IN PRAISE OF THE EXUBERANT  
And as you stand there
Sunshining all over our Rain Parade
Voice cheering
Toes tapping
Eyes dancing
 
Let us now praise you.
 
You, the mango-coconut in our vanilla world.
You, the red balloon in our blue sky.
You, the hooray-for-your-new-job (or hooray-for-your-engagement or hooray-for-your-wedding or hooray-for-your-new-baby or hooray-for-your-divorce) party-throwing friend.
 
Your door is always open
And don’t think we don’t take advantage of it.
Your heart is always open
And don’t think we don’t take advantage of it.
You have a particular kind of bravery:
 
The not-being-afraid-of-feelings kind of brave
The stand-up-and-be-counted kind of brave
The jump-off-the-high-dive (again) (naked) kind of brave.
 
We always know when you’re in the audience, because
We recognize your laugh.
 
And as you sit us down and give us your full-beam attention and as you ask us for every detail of our latest adventure (how do you always lead us to the conclusion that our life is an adventure?) and as we, flattered by your unwavering, bright-eyed gaze, end up going on and on and on and on, we have to mentally waft away the annoying, fluttering thought,
 
“Yes, but: Who takes care of you?”
 
Because we know that underneath the nonstop carnival 
there is a lot of
Damn hard work and that some of
Your sparkle
Is the glitter from the parts that got
Broken.
 
We’ve seen you fall and get right back up and assumed 
that it must  not have been that much of a 
Tumble but the truth is
 
You alone have the
 
Strength to Rise.
 
And so it is from you we learn that while we may not always
Feel happy
We can always feel
Joy.
 
And as you Gush and Exclaim and Twist and Shout and Wiggle with pleasure and Yelp and Hoot and Swear out loud and Burst into tears and Rush in and Hug and Holler across the room in a way that some might think of as
 
Embarrassing, we
Bask in your fearless conviction that
No human experience is unlovable.
 
Thank you for that.
So let’s break out the
Sequins and the feather boas and
Have dessert first and
Grin at strangers and
Let’s do the Hokey-Pokey and really
Put our Whole Self in
And order one more bottle because it’s so nice to all be together
 
Under the Abundant Sun.
  
  © 2009 Samantha Bennett

0 thoughts on “IN PRAISE OF THE EXUBERANT

  1. momentumofjoy April 4, 2012 / 9:44 pm

    That is an awesome poem! Good call on sharing it. 🙂

    • happinessvirus April 7, 2012 / 1:54 pm

      Thanks for the encouragement to encourage 😉 x

  2. Rubybeets April 6, 2012 / 8:31 pm

    That is a fantastic poem to the great human spirit. It makes me want to jump up and wave a flag of joy.

    • happinessvirus April 7, 2012 / 1:54 pm

      Oh that’s exactly how it made me feel! Just wanted to whoop & holler & jump up & down on excitement! People who live like this are the change makers 😉

  3. Lynne Knowlton April 6, 2012 / 10:16 pm

    Wow, I adored every single word …thank you for sharing. INCREDIBLY touching. Beautiful !!!
    xx
    Lynne

      • Lynne Knowlton April 7, 2012 / 2:15 pm

        So true. I have a funny feeling that you and I would get along like a house on fire. We post HAPPINESS…and it feels pretty awesome, doesn’t it? xx

  4. akismet-1c5fb7d3c136319c51fba6e6350f60fc April 8, 2012 / 8:51 pm

    OH! Thank you so much, everybody! I’m just BEAMING over here : ) love love love to you – SSB.

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