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Be Happy!

By Simon Wu.  Upon entering Regina Mundy, there was already a vibrant energy that swept throughout the vast church. People were singing and clapping despite the fact that it was still early in the morning. In contrast, from long sermons in many American churches, the bulk of the time was spent on the music. Many songs were with the African drum (Djembe) and all of them had an amalgam of melodoes and harmonies. Although most songs were sung in Zulu, I hummed and swayed and began to feel a connection with all of the joyous South Africans. At one point, I started dancing with the woman next to me, and we were smiling along with everyone else during this Easter celebration. During a song where people down the aisles and singing, my row of fellow Advanced students joined in the line. We clapped, sang, danced, and laughed with a happy energy that seemed ubiquitous. If there is one thing I have learned, it is that should be happy with everything we do. The South Africans have taught me to enjoy life a little more (and also to sing and dance a little more).


  1. Leslie Salathe says:

    What a wonderful way to celebrate Easter morning. Thanks for sending us all the posts. They are amazing.

  2. Laura Schmidt says:

    Well said! We can all learn much from their outgoing and positive nature.

  3. Suchitra Koneru says:

    Simon, I love the happy energy you are describing and can’t wait to experience it at the reunion concert.

  4. Joe dipasquale says:

    Sounds like so much fun!! You guys are making us jealous.

  5. Iris Wu says:

    Positive spirit will always bring great rewards to your life. Be happy and enjoy the rest of the trip!

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