Category Archives: JOY

Days of sorrow pass slowly; times of joy very quickly.

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Let there be
more joy and laughter
in your living.

~ Eileen Caddy ~

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All our Discontents about what we want, appeared to me, to spring from the Want of Thankfulness for what we have. Robinson Crusoe  (1719)

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Daryl Hine “Among Islands”

We are exiles everywhere we go,
Stranded upon the verandah, castaways
In the family living room, like Crusoe,
Or like Philoctetes, festering,
Having given away the Herculean bow,
With nothing to call our own except the wound.

“Shared joy is double joy, and shared sorrow is half-sorrow.” Swedish

http://www.helpingotherslivesober.org/sharing/quotes/

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“Though they knew they must help other alcoholics if they would remain sober, that motive became secondary. It was transcended by the happiness they found in giving themselves for others. They shared their homes, their slender resources and gladly devoted spare hours to fellow-sufferers.”AA, 2001, p. 159

She was not accustomed to taste the joys of solitude except in company. Edith Wharton

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The birds upon the trees sat all agape,

 

And in their voices erst all mirth and song;

 

There was a sadness pitiful to hear

MICHAEL KILMOUR BEVERIDGE

http://australianpoems.tripod.com/fromblackthursday.html

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Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 – 1954), Monday 21 August 1939

Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. - 1878 - 1954), Monday 21 August 1939

T. S. Eliot I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

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FRANCIS BEAUMONT (1584-1616).

What things have we seen Done at the Mermaid !
I have heard words that have been So nimble, and so full of subtle flame,
As if that everyone from whence they came
Had meant to put his whole wit in a jest,
And had resolved to live a fool the rest
Of his dull life.

Letter to Ben Jonson.

Faith was a dream technology / but one we couldn’t master, or do cold / and it soon became equivocal again. /

LES MURRAY

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“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.

(quoted by Carol Lynn Pearson in Consider the Butterfly)”
― Deepak Chopra, Synchrodestiny: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence to Create Miracles

 

 

“In riding a horse we borrow freedom.”

~Helen Thomson

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Hytocrite

Wild horses
Wild horses
Never tamed.
Only quiet
when cruelly lamed.
Wild horses
Wild horses
Never named.
Wild horses
Wild horses
Never blamed.
Wild horses
Wild horses
Born to be free.
Wild horses
Wild horses
Frighten me.
Wild horses
Wild horses
Hate me so.
Wild horses
Wild horses
They’ve nowhere to go.
Wild horses
Wild horses
Full of flare.
Wild horses
Wild horses
Handle with care. 

Dan Brown

Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.

~ Rosalind Russell

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Australian Beauty

Life is full of miracles
(you’ll often hear them say);
But that’s for other people:
your life’s drab and grey.

Familiarity breeds contempt,
Nothing lifts your heart.
No beauty in your environment;
like you it falls apart.

Yet here and there around you,
where the world is worn and frayed,
a secret life of different hue
is vibrantly displayed.

Like a careworn spouse, it is invisible:
disguised in plain view.
By some illusion of camouflage,
accessible to very few.

Great beauty is offered to willing eyes;
Like peaches to willing hand.
A secret reward without a price,
Discerned by the mind of man.
Seek out the boldly buried treasure;
the chameleon at your feet.
Seek afresh forgotten pleasure,
or else your life forfeit.

MARK GREENLAND

http://markgreenlandphotography.com.au/poetry/australian-beauty/

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

 

― Marianne Williamson

 

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“In the eyes of a child, there is joy, there is laughter, there is hope, there is trust, a chance to shape the future”

song lyrics from The Eyes of a Child by the band Air Supply

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“We listened for a voice crying in the wilderness. And we heard the jubilation of wolves!”

-Durwood L. Allen

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We sincerely regret the manner in which the events unfolded this morning. In the process of being cautious, we allowed the jubilation to go on longer than it should have.

(Ben Hatfield)

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

— Kahlil Gibran

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“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 colour 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

Joy and sorrow are the light and shade of life; without light and shade no picture is clear.

http://www.1world1way.com/coach/quotes_islamic_wisdom.html

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Many a time have I merely closed my eyes at the end of yet another troublesome day and soaked my bruised psyche in wild water, rivers remembered and rivers imagined. Rivers course through my dreams, rivers cold and fast, rivers well-known and rivers nameless, rivers that seem like ribbons of blue water twisting through wide valleys, narrow rivers folded in layers of darkening shadows, rivers that have eroded down deep into the mountain’s belly, sculpted the land, peeled back the planet’s history exposing the texture of time itself. — (Harry Middleton, On the Spine of Time or Rivers of Memory)

“There was a time I thought I couldn’t enjoy rock ‘n’ roll unless I had heroin in me”

Joe Perry of Aerosmith – 1989

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Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Kahlil Gibrain

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“in the abundance of water, the fool is thirsty.”

http://www.thirdfield.com/new/quotes.html

BOB MARLEY

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“The abundant life begins from within and then moves outward to other individuals. If there is richness and righteousness in us, then we can make a difference in the lives of others, just as key individuals have influenced the lives of each of us for good and made us richer than we otherwise would have been.”

Spencer W. Kimball

When sea-gulls fly to land, a storm is at hand.

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“The wind blustered in from the sea, setting the horses’ manes streaming sideways, and the gulls wheeled mewing against the blue-and-grey tumble of the sky; and Aquila, riding a little aside from the rest as usual, caught for a moment from the wind and the gulls and the wet sand and the living, leaping power of the young red mare under him, something of the joy of simply being alive that he had taken for granted in the old days.”

― Rosemary Sutcliff, The Lantern Bearers

Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.”

― Albert Camus, Notebooks 1935-1942

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Those who make compassion an essential part of their lives find the joy of life. Kindness deepens the spirit and produces rewards that cannot be completely explained in words. It is an experience more powerful than words. To become acquainted with kindness one must be prepared to learn new things and feel new feelings. Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind. It is a philosophy of the spirit.

Robert J. Furey

It’s only a matter of inches, but skipping gets me just that much closer to heaven.

~Terri Guillemets

http://www.quotegarden.com/skipping.html

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Adults aren’t generally struck with the urge to skip because their worries and burdens weigh them down and they forget that they can take themselves lightly.

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“You cannot judge what should bring others joy, and others cannot judge what should bring you joy.”

—Alan Cohen

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“Physical well-being comes from eating little , mental well-being comes from sinning little , well-being of the heart comes from worrying little , and well-being of the tongue comes from speaking little .”

― Aidh bin Abdullah al-Qarni

For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

[St. Paul In Philippians 4:11]

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“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.”
― Lao Tzu