miss out on joy is to miss out
on the reason for your
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
since joy for ourselves depends upon our joy in others and
theirs in us. -Theodore Dreiser
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.
are thousands of books on the joy of gardening
and cooking. Alas, there are only few on the joy of living.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
of an unconditional wish to live, not holding back because life may not
meet our preferences and expectations. Joy seems to be a function
the willingness to accept the whole, and to show up to meet with
is there. It has a kind of invincibility that attachment to any
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.
willingness to win or lose moves us out of an adversarial relationship
to life and into a powerful kind of openness. From such a
we can make a greater commitment to life. Not only pleasant life,
comfortable life, or our idea of life, but all life. Joy seems
closely related to aliveness than to happiness.
in simplicity, self-respect, and indifference
lies between virtue and vice. Love the human race. Follow
the divine. -Marcus
Happiness birthed by
joy is an inside decision. You must fight against
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
not see the reality of life; rather, an optimist that
"Thanks to God I am filled with joy, a joy
that transcends all of life."
-Elizabeth B. Brown
day rose upon me. It was as if another sun had risen into
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,
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
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
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
joy is the end of the ways of God. The message of all
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,
doing something worthwhile.
-Wilfred T. Grenfell
without joy--it is no religion.
believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of
surely the strange beauty of the world must
somewhere rest on pure joy. -Louise
affirmation of one's essential being
in spite of
desires and anxieties creates joy.
Join the great company of those
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.
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.
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
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
Joy is the wild card of life; it supersedes every other formula
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.
your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.
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
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.
does not depend on reaching or
achieving certain goals. I
don't have to graduate from college to feel joy, nor do
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
gratitude, accessible to me at all times. I never wait for
I choose joy in this very moment.
-unattributed (Daily Word)
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