The Joy of Life

We often make life so much harder that it needs to be…and often, than it really is…we keep saying…one day…one day I will be happy…when I get the raise…when I get married…when I lose those last 10 pounds…when the kids grow up…when…when…when…and we never are happy…because there is always just one more thing in our life that needs to be “right” or “perfect”…

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
― Rumi Born: 30 September 1207, Balkh, Afghanistan

A universal and forever and always human predicament…apparently…

Yet, the very act of waking to a new day…the here and now…this wonderful…dazzling…crazy…miraculous…world that we inhabit…that should fill us with bubbling…effervescent joy…every “present” moment…afterall…it is a “gift”…

“I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift.”
― Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life

It’s the Simple Things
Such as…Collecting Pinecones for Starting the Grill

“Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” ~Unknown

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