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The Newcomer

Such a joyous time

Have you ever had joy just bubbling through your veins? At one time I had that effervescence for eight consecutive months.

What a thrill!

Every day was the brightest, the best, the most fun I ever had. Nothing I had experienced before matched this roller coaster ride that made every day feel like the very best holiday in the world.

People were constantly looking at me and saying things like: "Whatever it is you're doing, keep doing it because it agrees with you," or "What have you got to smile about?" or "Can't help smiling when I see that big smile on your face!"

And no one even blinked an eye when, out of the blue, I would grab a friend, give a hug and burst out with an 'I love you'. Hey, I had enough love, laughter and joy in me that it just spilled out all over whoever, whomever and whenever.

It was great.

And it was fun sharing all that joy with the world around me.

If it could not continue-and it did not-I am grateful for the opportunity to have experienced it. One might think that, after such a high, a low would have to follow. Well, of course, yeah, sure, maybe . . .but it was worth it.

And, leveled out with the world turned right side up once again, I find that, while inwardly I am fairly happy, I do have to remind myself to smile more often.

No, I am not going to reveal what caused this most unique experience in my life-but I wish the same for each and every one of you at some time in your life.

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