“Perhaps the most radical act of resistance in the face of adversity is to live joyfully.” ~Ari Honarvar
What would the choice to live joyfully look like for you in the face of whatever adversity you are now facing?
“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.
“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.