I haven’t yet explained where the idea for OmSunnyDay originated. The name is a mesh of two hit songs from the 60s, both found on lists of top songs of the century. “Oh Happy Day” and “Sunny.” The Oh became OM for my interest in Yoga and its happineess and wellness benefits.
I had heard the song “Sunny” by Bobby Hebb around the time of my Aunt’s passing in May. It’s been performed by Cher, Marvin Gaye, Jamiroquai, The Four Tops, Frank Sinatra, and Stevie Wonder.
Two tragic events influenced Hebb’s songwriting, the assassination of JFK and the death of his brother. Hebb said that he wrote the song to articulate the wisdom that a “sunny” disposition is much better than a “lousy” one.
“Oh Happy Day” is a 60s gospel version of an 18th-century hymn, and its lyrics celebrate and rejoice in the Lord’s mercy and his death to wash away our sins.
Both songs are uplifting and very groovy I must say. As Thanksgiving approaches I am both sad and happy, and most grateful. Last year, I gathered with my Aunt and Grandma in Phoenix. It was not a traditional Thanksgiving per say, but rather we sat down to a meal prepared mostly by my Aunt in the kitchenette of the Extended Stay Hotel on Friday. This would come to be the last time I would see my Aunt, and the last holiday spent with my Grandma.
God puts balcony people in our lives, and my Aunt was that person to me, one who cheers you on, hanging over the rail of the balcony, giving you their affirmation. “Sunny” can reference whoever your balcony person is. For me the song “Sunny” captures the gratitude and praise I feel for her and for God.
“Sunny, thank you for the sunshine bouquet,
Sunny, thank you for the love you’ve brought my way
You gave me your all and all
And now I feel ten feet tall
Sunny one so true, I love you.”
While I was driving yesterday I heard on Prairie Home Companion, the hymn “Praise God, From Whom all Blessings Flow,” and could hardly sing along out loud without my voice cracking. I miss those women in my life, as I imagined us all singing together and the same time their not being present.
It is said that those who are grateful and practice gratitude regularly are usually happier people. This serves as sage advice that gratitude should be a daily ritual. I found a delightful idea fo putting this into practice, partners could share a weekly list of what they are thankful for, and would learn more about each other.
Lastly I wanted to share a few gratitude quotes I like and have pinned up in my home and work place.
“Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given.” –Mareisa Fábrega
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makezs sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”–Melody Beattie
“And when I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me.”–Ann Voskamp
“The man who forgets to be grateful has fallen asleep in life.”–Robert Louis Steveson