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Notes from Steve

September 4, 2023

Be jubilant.  

One of my favorite songs is Cecelia by Simon & Garfunkel.  The second verse starts with “jubilation, she loves me again, I fall on the floor and I'm laughing.”*  I can honestly say that I have never experienced jubilation to the point of falling.  Perhaps easing into a chair grinning, but falling and laughing … no.  

So, I looked up “jubilant” - “expressing great joy and/or happiness.”  In my life, that’s not an everyday thing. I think if I’m jubilant a couple of times a year - that’s success for me.  Lately for a lot of us, life feels like a rollercoaster - great joys and sadness.  In the end though - rollercoasters even out - the highs cancel out the lows.  

My dad used to tell me that there’s nothing wrong with a comfortable rut.  I used to think, “What? A comfortable rut - that doesn’t sound great”.  But - there’s comfort in routine.  If “normal” life is broken up with times of jubilation and laughter (because there will be dips in our rollercoasters as well) … then life is good.  Plan your jubilation.  

*Ok, this gal Cecelia better be worth it.  Because if I’m falling on the floor laughing?  I’m probably breaking my hip.  
**This past Sunday was the Bras for the Cause ride in Des Moines.  A definite high point on my rollercoaster.  Lots of laughter for a great cause.  

Steve with friends at Bras for a Cause bike ride


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