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the Journey:

Joy 2

To miss out on joy is to miss out
on the reason for your existence.

Lewis Smedes


If we are to extract any joy out of our span, we must think and plan and make things better not only for ourselves but for others, since joy for ourselves depends upon our joy in others and theirs in us.       -Theodore Dreiser

I need to learn.  Joy is at the heart of God's plan for human beings.  The reason for this is worth pondering awhile:  Joy is at the heart of God himself.  We will never understand the significance of joy in human life until we understand its importance to God.  I suspect that most of us seriously underestimate God's capacity for joy.       -John Ortberg
There are thousands of books on the joy of gardening and cooking. Alas, there are only few on the joy of living.       -Robert Muller
Can you go a whole day with joy in your heart?  Joy and vitality are an inseparable combination.  Joy is not concerned with having fun; it is an inner spiritual quality that overcomes despair, pain and defeat.  You cannot turn on joy like an electric light, but you can prepare yourself to receive it.     -Norman Vincent Peale
This is my real secret to being a joyful person:  I make my life easy.  I spend more time being grateful for what I have instead of focusing on what isn't working.  I no longer believe that people have to do things my way and that I have to be perfect.     -Ellen (not DeGeneres), related to Salle Redfield

You know, that's what I've regretted the most, that joy.  Of course, later there were times when I felt happy, but happiness is to joy what an electric light bulb is to the sun.  Happiness always has an object, you're happy because of something, it's a condition whose existence depends on external things.  Joy, on the other hand, has no object.  It seizes you for no apparent reason; it's like the sun--its burning is fueled by its own heart.     -Susanna Tamaro
The greatest gift you can give yourself is joy, not only because of the feeling that goes with it at the moment, but because of the magnificent experience it will draw to you.  It will produce wonders in your life.     -Jack Boland
Joy is everywhere; it is in the earth’s green covering of grass:  in the blue serenity of the sky:  in the reckless exuberance of spring:  in the severe abstinence of grey winter:  in the living flesh that animates our bodily frame:  in the perfect poise of the human figure, noble and upright:  in living, in the exercise of all our powers:  in the acquisition of knowledge. . . Joy is there everywhere.         -Rabindranath Tagore
     From such people I have learned a new definition of the word "joy."  I had thought joy to be rather synonymous with happiness, but it seems now to be far less vulnerable than happiness.  Joy seems to be part of an unconditional wish to live, not holding back because life may not meet our preferences and expectations.  Joy seems to be a function of the willingness to accept the whole, and to show up to meet with whatever is there.  It has a kind of invincibility that attachment to any particular outcome would deny us.  Rather than the warrior who fights towards a specific outcome and therefore is haunted by the specter of failure and disappointment, it is the lover drunk with the opportunity to love despite the possibility of loss, the player for whom the playing has become more important than winning or losing.
     The willingness to win or lose moves us out of an adversarial relationship to life and into a powerful kind of openness.  From such a position, we can make a greater commitment to life.  Not only pleasant life, or comfortable life, or our idea of life, but all life.  Joy seems more closely related to aliveness than to happiness.        -Rachel Naomi Remen
Find joy in simplicity, self-respect, and indifference to what lies between virtue and vice.  Love the human race.  Follow the divine.        -Marcus Aurelius
Happiness birthed by joy is an inside decision. You must fight against the human tendency to be hurt by someone else's failure to see your needs.  You must become an incurable optimist, not an optimist that wears rose-colored glasses and does not see the reality of life; rather, an optimist that says, "Thanks to God I am filled with joy, a joy that transcends all of life."         -Elizabeth B. Brown

A new day rose upon me. It was as if another sun had risen into the sky; the heavens were indescribably brighter, and the earth fairer; and that day has gone on brightening to the present hour. I have known the other joys of life, I suppose, as much as most men; I have known art and beauty, music and gladness; I have known friendship and love and family ties; but it is certain that till we see God in the world--God in the bright and boundless universe--we never know the highest joy.  It is far more than if one were translated to a world a thousand times fairer than this; for that supreme and central Light of Infinite Love and Wisdom, shining over this world and all worlds, alone can show us how noble and beautiful, how fair and glorious they are.        -Orville Dewey
Eternal joy is the end of the ways of God.  The message of all religions is that the Kingdom of God is peace and joy.  And it is the message of Christianity.  But eternal joy is not to be reached by living on the surface.  It is rather attained by breaking through the surface, by penetrating the deep things of ourselves, of our world, and of God.  The moment in which we reach the last depth of our lives is the moment in which we can experience the joy that has eternity within it, the hope that cannot be destroyed, and the truth on which life and death are built.  For in the depth is truth; and in the depth is hope; and in the depth is joy.        -Paul Tillich
Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of people, but from doing something worthwhile.
-Wilfred T. Grenfell
Religion without joy--it is no religion.        -Theodore Parker
I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy.        -Louise Bogan
The affirmation of one's essential being in spite of desires and anxieties creates joy.       -Paul Tillich
Join the great company of those who make the barren places of life fruitful with kindness.  Carry a vision of heaven in your hearts, and you shall make your name, your college, the world, correspond to that vision.  Your success and happiness lie within you.  External conditions are the accidents of life, its outer wrappings.  The great, enduring realities are love and service.  Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.  Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulty.        -Helen Keller
We have no right to ask when a sorrow comes, "Why did this happen to me?" unless we ask the same question for every joy that comes our way.         -Philip F. Bernstein
Joy is the characteristic by which God uses us to re-make the distressing into the desired, the discarded into the creative.  Joy is prayer-- Joy is strength--Joy is love--Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.       -Mother Teresa
Joy is the wild card of life; it supersedes every other formula for success.  If you can find a way to create joy, you can rise beyond all external factors.  If you can play at whatever you are doing, you are the master of your life.       -Alan Cohen
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.       -Thich Nhat Hanh
Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.       -Leon Bloy
Joy of life seems to me to arise from a sense of being where one belongs. . . of being foursquare with the life we have chosen.  All the discontented people I know are trying sedulously to be something they are not, to do something they cannot do.       -David Grayson
There is no need to ever wait for joy.  My joy does not depend on reaching or achieving certain goals.  I don't have to graduate from college to feel joy, nor do I need to be married to feel joy.  I needn't postpone my joy until I've retired or reached a certain level of success.  Joy is a state of mind, arising from realization and gratitude, accessible to me at all times.  I never wait for joy.  I choose joy in this very moment.       -unattributed (Daily Word)

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