I had a meeting last week with a massage therapist I met awhile back and when I got excited about getting to engage in some collaboration with her (as I do), I clapped my hands with glee. She remarked that I am a ‘clapper’ and went on to tell me that people seem to be either clappers or flappers (when excited, they flap their hands a little like they are fanning their faces).
So which are you?
I am tempted to go hang out at the arrivals area of the airport to see who is a clapper like me and who is a flapper and whom might fall into another category; what I call a ‘tiptoe morsel eater’ (these are the folks who dance on tiptoe and dance their fingers in front of their mouths like they are about to nibble some cheese as something exciting is about to happen).
I was talking to a friend of mine and when he told me his great news of a permanent position wherein he will have steady work (he works in the film industry, so this is not an easy thing to get) that brings him home to his young family every day, I think I may have slipped into all three of these behaviours, I was so pleased for him.
As I walked away from our conversation, I remember hoping that his prosperity means that good things continue to be around the corner for me, too. I was able to roll around in his joy, flapping, clapping and tippy-toe dancing, and I know there is enough here for all of us.
I don’t know for sure that I was always like this. I think in the past I have fallen into the hole of ‘why them and not me?’ and rolled around in the unfairness of that.
What would it be like if we answered good news for others with glee and some flapping? What if we got claps of delight when we shared something positive?
I’ll tell you: it would be sweet. So try some animated reactions today – focus on the great things you hear, let your body respond, and you won’t be able to help but feel there’s enough out there for all of us.