Saturday, November 29, 2008

JOY That Spans All Ages

One of my favorite times of the year is the Christmas season. Although there is much to love about this festive time, one of my favorite things is that most people allow themselves to really let loose and have fun. Adults and kids seem to equally be in the spirit of the season, which of course is JOY.

My husband and I are currently involved in a local community theatre production called Fezziwigs Follies that is one of those holiday activities where it is difficult to tell the children from the adults. The cast itself consists of a composite of all ages from teens to senior citizens that play various parts in this Dickens era variety show.

Last evening in our opening performance, I saw once again, how there is no age limit for fun. In this audience participatory production, there was hand clapping, singing, dancing and lots of laughter coming from cast and audience alike.

I believe something magical happens when a space creates room for joy without any fear of embarrassment. All of the typical self and societal imposed restrictions are put on the shelf for a while. I honestly don't believe there was a single person present that was not connected with the 10 year old within their heart. It was a joy to see and to be a part of.

Of course, I wonder what joy would be present in every day if we could put our mature images on the shelf more often and enjoy all that happens with the same glee we give ourselves permission to exude at those special, festive times of the year.

If you'd like to experience some of this JOY, join us for one of our remaining shows. See the Hamilton-Gibson Productions website for details

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