In Others’ Words: If You’re Happy and You Know It …
There is a time and a place to be dignified. But there are so many more times and places to be happy.
Early in my novel writing journey, I met a wonderful group of women at a My Book Therapy writing retreat. We became friends, dubbing ourselves the MBT Ponderers — after author Susan May Warren warned us not to use the word “ponder.” Not that we were boundary-pushers. No. Not us.
Since that time 5 years ago, we have celebrated one another’s success with HaPpY dAnCes — both literal jump around the room and shout for joy dances, as well as virtual online dances using Snoopy emoticons or the words “HaPpY dAnCe!”. It’s all about being happy for one another and with one another.
The llama photo above? A trio of llamas — Pacha, Kuzko and Banzai — showed up in my debut novel, Wish You Were Here, and I featured that photograph at my book launch. Now when a writing buddy has something to celebrate, oftentimes the llama makes an appearance online for a virtual HaPpy dAnCe with me.
Lots of happy … very little dignity. And I’m good with that.
In Others’ Words: What makes you so happy that it makes you want to get up and dance? Laugh? Celebrate? How do you celebrate a friend’s or family member’s success?