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Rise To The Occasion

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place. Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for. Without pain, how could we know joy?’ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate. If we can just let go and trust that things will work out they way they’re supposed to, without trying to control the outcome, then we can begin to enjoy the moment more fully. The joy of the freedom it brings becomes more pleasurable than the experience itself. When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you. Stress isn’t only a joy stealer. The way we respond to it can be sin. The essence of life is not in the great victories and grand failures, but in the simple joys.

It’s important that what thoughts you are feeding into your mind because your thoughts create your belief and experiences. You have positive thoughts and you have negative ones too. Nurture your mind with positive thoughts: kindness, empathy, compassion, peace, love, joy, humility, generosity, etc. The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life. We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing? Happiness is part of who we are. Joy is the feeling.

The life of Man is a long march through the night, surrounded by invisible foes, tortured by weariness and pain, towards a goal that few can hope to reach, and where none may tarry long. One by one, as they march, our comrades vanish form our sight, seized by the silent orders of omnipotent Death. Very brief is the time in which we can help them, in which their happiness or misery is decided. Be it ours to shed sunshine on their path, to lighten their sorrows by the balm of sympathy, to give them the pure joy of a never-tiring affection, to strengthen failing courage, to instill faith in times of despair. When we lay the soil of our hard lives open to the rain of grace and let joy penetrate our cracked and dry places, let joy soak into our broken skin and deep crevices, life grows. How can this not be the best thing for the world? For us?

If the doom of failure stifles some time the path of our life, it can pin us down like downtrodden aliens, while, meanwhile, the world around is erupting in joy and contentment. Let’s go back then to the nuts and bolts and consult the core of our inner self. You push the truth off a cliff, but it will always fly. You can submerge the truth under water, but it will not drown. You can place the truth in the fire, but it will survive. You can bury the truth beneath the ground, but it will arise. truth always prevails. Embrace fanaticism. Harness joy by pursuing insane interests, consuming passions, and constant sources of gratification that do not depend on the approval of others. For one wild, glad moment snap the chain that binds us to earth, and joining hands with the winds we felt ourselves divine. Imagination doesn’t always make you long for what you cannot have, but rather thrive in what you do not have. Your pain is a school unto itself and your joy a lovely temple. Joy is the realest reality, the fullest life, and joy is always given, never grasped. God gives gifts and I give thanks and I unwrap the gift given joy.

As you change your point of view, your views bring about a change in you.


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