“People never harm others out of joy, they give pain to others because they too are hurt or in pain.” ~Sobonfu Somé
It’s not selfish to seek to heal our own pain or to create more joy in our lives because it doesn’t just make our lives better, it also stops the spread of pain when we reduce our own pain. Pain is contagious because hurting people hurt others.
“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.
Image adapted from one shared by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay
“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.
Image by Pezibear from Pixabay
“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?