It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Chapter 8, Page 22, Book 15

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies. 

Erich Fromm

August 22nd - Joy is what makes life beautiful. 

Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. 

Marianne Williamson

When life brings complications, it helps to remember that happiness is simple.  Discover your joy and share it with others!

We need to learn to watch more carefully, listen more closely, feel more deeply, understand more fully. To watch with both our eyes and ears. Use all the senses that we have.  Listen with both our ears and your heart.  Feel others pain and joy with compassion and care.  To do a good deed and help someone else find joy.

We should listen to each other and learn from each other. We don’t need to compromise our beliefs, but we do need to be respectful listeners and learners.

Joy doesn't simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.

Henri Nouwen.

True joy, though, emerges independent of life circumstances. It is the willingness to find contentment with things as they are. Everything around us has a wonderful side, and we just need to look at that to realize how blessed we are.

Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life. 

Hugh Sidey 


jack69 said...

Joy is among my TOP three letter words. I love it when I KNOW life is a JOY! The heart springs and embraces life.

Mevely317 said...

So true that we have to CHOOSE joy, every day.
I like what you've reminded us, we don't need to compromise our beliefs to remain respectful.

betty said...

So true that true joy emerges no matter what the life's circumstances. I remember experiencing that true joy one night in the middle of the night a few years back when things were just awful but having indescribable joy knowing my name was written in God's Book of Life