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A Big Scoop of Joy with a Side of Wonder

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

May we only go backwards to rediscover the innate joy of childhood.
We need not look far to find the PhD’s of delight and wonder.
Sparkle in eyes, anchored in the moment, inviting us to partake.

“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.” – Khalil Gibran

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.”― Oscar Wilde

Catching Joy

“Every day is a good day. There is something to learn, care and celebrate.”― Amit Ray, Walking the Path of Compassion

“Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.”― Amit Ray, Mindfulness Living in the Moment – Living in the Breath

Joy is a verb, an action, a decision.
May you dance with it daily.
Inhaling and exhaling, deeply.
Celebrate and keep opening this wonderous gift of life. 

“Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift.”― Amit Ray, Beautify your Breath – Beautify your Life

Triple Threat

“Love is perhaps what’s left of us when we are no longer all the things we’d primped and planned.”― Heather Lanier, Raising a Rare Girl: A Memoir

“Hope is not about proving anything. It’s about choosing to believe this one thing, that love is bigger than any grim, bleak shit anyone can throw at us.”― Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

Love, hope, joy are actions, verbs, daily decisions.
A triple threat of power and strength.
Scatter kindness, faith and laughter, unstoppable.
The hem of heaven touching earth through you.
Rejoice and be glad in this day and your place in it.

“So be joyful. Use your sense of humor. And laugh with the God who smiles when seeing you, rejoices over your very existence, and takes delight in you, all the days of your life.”― James Martin, Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life

Might Be Joy

“It’s possible to understand the world from studying a leaf. You can comprehend the laws of aerodynamics, mathematics, poetry and biology through the complex beauty of such a perfect structure.
It’s also possible to travel the whole globe and learn nothing.”― Joy Harjo, The Woman Who Fell from the Sky: Poems

“Because in trying to articulate what, perhaps, joy is, it has occurred to me that among other things—the trees and the mushrooms have shown me this—joy is the mostly invisible, the underground union between us, you and me, which is, among other things, the great fact of our life and the lives of everyone and thing we love going away. If we sink a spoon into that fact, into the duff between us, we will find it teeming. It will look like all the books ever written. It will look like all the nerves in a body. We might call it sorrow, but we might call it a union, one that, once we notice it, once we bring it into the light, might become flower and food. Might be joy.”― Ross Gay, The Book of Delights

Do nothing.
Observe everything.
Receive alone.
Be made new by awe, by wonder.
Invisible but present.
Pause to notice.
Emergence bubbling up.

“Helped are those who are content to be themselves; they will never lack mystery in their lives and the joys of self-discovery will be constant.”― Alice Walker, The Temple of My Familiar

Just to Be

“Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.”—Abraham Joshua Heschel

“There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.” – Howard Thurman

May you wear a hole in the carpet of joy;
Create a path to the woods of wonder;
Cut through the layers of your being to let the light out;
A compass of joy, wonder and light.
Just to be.

“Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power or fame. I asked for wonder, and he gave it to me.”― Abraham Joshua Heschel

Light Already Present

“I am going to notice the lights of the earth, the sun and the moon and the stars, the lights of our candles as we march, the lights with which spring teases us, the light that is already present.” – Anne Lamott

“I am thankful that thus far today I have not had any unkind thoughts or said any harsh words or done anything that I regret. However, now I need to get out of bed and so things may become more difficult.” – Sylvia Boorstein

In the dailyness that is life, notice the light;
Witness the magic in the ordinary;
Participate in the day with gratitude and grace – for self and others;
Reignite your sense of humor and wonder;
Invite and allow fun into your space;
Do what is yours to do and nothing else;
Worry, fear, complaint steal too much time;
A quiet moment to reset, to renew, to begin again.

“Spirituality doesn’t look like sitting down and meditating. Spirituality looks like folding the towels in a sweet way and talking kindly to the people in the family eve though you’ve had a rough day.” – Sylvia Boorstein

Joy Reminds

“Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.”— Henry David Thoreau, The Heart of Thoreau’s Journals

“All Joy reminds. It is never a possession, always a desire for something longer ago or further away or still ‘about to be’.”― C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

From dirt to bloom to dormancy back to bloom yet again.
In all the seasons, circles and cycles of life, enter the rhythm, flow and cadence.
The “what” and “when” we often do not know, but we can choose the “how” we move through.
True Joy is detached from circumstances, a foundation, the dirt, the ground to firmly plant and stand on.
May you be carried by joy, hope, faith and love through each day.
Abide in gratitude, praise and glory.
In communion with life, married to joy.

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus

A Bright Spot

“There’s a bright spot in every dark cloud.” – Bruce Beresford

“Wisdom. . .is knowing what you have to accept.”― Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

No doubt, it’s been a long winter.
It’s hard to be positive about 30s in April, on the cusp of May.
Another circumstance we can’t do anything about, out of our control.
Collectively, we’ve had a lot of those the past two years, stuff out of our control.
The one true thing in our control is our reaction and response.
Do we allow them to take our joy hostage or do we free the hostages, inviting and entering gratitude in all seasons?
A personal daily choice.
I am going to keep choosing gratitude, albeit imperfectly.
There’s room on the team of joy if you want to join.
We have plenty of spectators, critics, cynics.
Humor, delight, wonder are playing first, second and third base.
We need some pitchers and a catchers.
Participate and play the game, it’s a short one.

“Humor is a prelude to faith and laughter is the beginning of prayer.”— Reinhold Niebuhr

In the Roots

“It is in the roots, not the branches, that a tree’s greatest strength lies.”― Matshona Dhliwayo

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” – Carl Sandburg

May you spend the coin of time today held in joy;
Lifted in laughter;
Suspended in delight;
Dancing with awe;
Rooted in love.

“Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.” – Carl Sandburg

The Chase

“Laughter is God’s blessing.” – Joseph Prince

“A sense of humor… is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.” – Hugh Sidey

Abby was well-pleased that she was able to sneak a pair of socks outside. When I went to pick them up, she grabbed them, began flipping them in the air and the chase began. In simple things, in laughter, in silliness of something as small as this, our load lightens, and joy opens the window to let fresh air in.

Chase joy and laughter today. In a smile, in play, in simple moments, delight awaits discovery, a blessing delivered.

“Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.” – Horace

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