“Sorrow digs the well and joy fills it.” ~Randy Peyser
When we are willing to do the hard work of grief—letting ourselves fully experience it and move through it—we expand our capacity to experience joy more deeply as well.
“For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh
How are you opening to joy today? Remember that it can co-exist with anything else you may be experiencing, even the dark times. And opening to the joy that simmers underneath those times makes the hard times easier to bear.
“The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.” ~Brené Brown
I love this perspective on the dark places of our lives, and I find it to be quite accurate to my experience. What do you think?
“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” ~Henri Nouwen
It’s so easy to get caught up in our duties, responsibilities, and the challenges that face us every day that we miss the opportunities to choose joy along the way.
By choosing joy—choosing to watch for it, to give it our attention, to embrace it when it arises—we make space for it to blossom in our lives. It’s a choice we need to make over and over again every day to keep it from being drown out in our worries and cares.
How are you choosing joy today?
“Only when we are at our most playful can Divinity finally get serious with us.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert
As adults, we tend to take life (and ourselves) so very seriously, which closes us down and shuts us off from our soul’s deepest experiences of the Divine.
Playfulness reintroduces us to wonder and imagination and delight that tear down those walls and open us up to the touch of the Divine in the fullest possible way.
The Divine is so much bigger than we can even begin to imagine when locked in our serious selves, and playfulness makes room for all of that More.
Make time regularly for play in your life to give the Divine space to enter in through wonder and joy.