To choose joy

To choose joy

“Choosing to have joy is not naively thinking everything will be easy. It is courageously believing that there is still hope, even when things get hard.” ~Morgan Harper Nichols

Our culture often tells us that cynicism is the way to show how sophisticated and mature we are, but as I’ve watched spiritual greats like the late Desmond Tutu and Thich Nhat Hanh beam with childlike joy, I’ve come to believe that choosing joy is an act of courage and wisdom that far exceeds the easy cynicism our culture so values. How often do you choose joy even in the face of life’s hard times?

 

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Joy is our birthright

Joy is our birthright

“Joy is our birthright. Each and every one of us, especially those of us who have been conditioned to feel unworthy of it.” ~Rachel Ricketts

Joy is not something you need to earn to be worthy of experiencing. Joy is your birthright and is available to you when you let yourself be open to it.

What is bringing you joy in your life right now? How can you stay more open to experiencing that joy?

 

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Joy is not a luxury

Joy is not a luxury

“Joy is not a luxury, it is not a privilege. It is a resilience-giving, life-giving birthright and we can’t call forth in the world something we don’t believe in and embody.” ~Krista Tippett

We act like joy is a luxury for when we have the time and space for it, but it’s so much more. It’s actually a powerful force that is not only life-giving for us, but also what fuels our resilience and our ability to make positive change in the world.

Make time for joy in your life today! You (and we) need more of it.

 

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