Rapture or ecstasy

One of my many mantras in life is my reply to the ever so regular salutation, “How are you doing?”

My response is always, (not almost always, but ALWAYS) a subset of the mantra, “I am doing unbelievably fantastic, hovering near ecstasy, and right now it’s not chemically induced.”  Once I am good friends with someone, they get to hear this exact reply directly a few times a year.

This morning, May 22, 2011, the day after what Harold Camping again predicted would be the end of the world, doomsday or rapture, I am pleased to say that I am doing unbelievably fantastic, hovering near ecstasy, and right now it’s not chemically induced.

Sitting on my front porch, listening to the birds singing, a beautiful crystal blue sky overhead and the air crisp and clean.  Reading the Sunday paper, (primarily the sports & comic sections), I wondered about the word rapture.  I kinda know the meaning of it, but thought I did not fully know it’s meaning.  So, I looked up the definition of rapture.

Definitions of rapture (n)

overwhelming happiness: a euphoric transcendent state in which somebody is overwhelmed by happiness or delight and unaware of anything else
mystical transportation: a mystical experience in which somebody believes he or she is transported into the spiritual realm, sometimes applied to the second coming of Jesus Christ, when true believers are expected to rise up to join him in heaven
state of great happiness or enthusiasm: a state of great happiness or enthusiasm about something, or words and gestures that express this
Synonyms: ecstasy, euphoria, bliss, delight, joy, heaven, elation

Wow, I’ve living rapture all my life and didn’t even realize it.  Thanks for pointing this out Harold.  I’m not sure about unaware of anything else or the mystical transportation thing, (more about that later today), but overwhelming happiness, state of great happiness or enthusiasm, yeah, I’m there 24x7x365.

Now, my mantra could be, “I am doing unbelievably fantastic, hovering in rapture, and right now it’s not chemically induced.  Join me please.”

Teddy

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