Last night I experienced the joy of singing with a group at a local hospital. My dear friend, APB, arranged it. Actually it was the first time it had ever been done at the hospital. Supplied with triangles, bells, reindeer hats (some) and our music sheets, we went onto most of the hospital units and sang in the halls. The staff were overjoyed because of the lift the music brought to their units. And, of course, patients could hear us, too. I'm sure this was the first of many future gigs during the season at this hospital.
When you think about being hospitalized during the holidays and working in this setting, the days can be long and without uplifting breaks. It was such a good feeling seeing the expressions of all the staff and some patients…smiling, singing with us at times, happy, if but just for a few moments.
SO, where and how can we spread JOY….maybe with a smile or a wink to perk someone up…..or maybe caroling….or humming on an elevator or while walking in the hall. (Without thinking I am humming or singing wherever I am).
OR, maybe you need a little JOY (so hard with all the hustle and bustle of this season….contrary, of course, to what the season is really about)….how about playing Christmas music? Taking a few minutes to just sit and listen.
Now if you're not involved in music this may all seem a bit ridiculous. Music, though, is a universal language that speaks to the heart.
I wish you JOY!