And Joy is Everywhere;
It is in the Earth's green covering of grass;
In the blue serenity of the Sky;
In the reckless exuberance of Spring;
In the severe abstinence of gray Winter;
In the Living flesh that animates our bodily frame;
In the perfect poise of the Human figure, noble and upright;
In the exercise of all our powers;
In the acquisition of Knowledge;
in fighting evils...
Joy is there Everywhere.
"Joy," by Rabindranath Tagore
“If we are not happy and joyous at this season,
for what other season shall we wait
for what other time shall we look?”
We find greatest joy, not in getting, but
in expressing what we are... Men do not really live for honors or
for pay; their gladness is not the taking and holding, but in
doing, the striving, the building, the living. It is a higher joy
to teach than to be taught. It is good to get justice, but better
to do it; fun to have things but more to make them. The happy man
is he who lives the life of love, not for the honors it may bring,
but for the life itself.
"Did you know...that when you
walk past a flower, whether it be in
somebody's garden or on a vacant hillside, the flower will always
smile at you. The most polite way to respond, I've been told, is to
cheerfully return the smile."
We shall find peace. We shall hear
We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom.
If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.
The pleasantest things in the world are pleasant thoughts: and the great
art of life is to have as many of them as possible.
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in
each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.
Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods.
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so
that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be
the source of your joy.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Happiness is to take up the struggle in the midst of the
and not to pluck the lute in the moonlight or recite poetry among the
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think
freely, to risk life, to be needed.
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself over
The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where,
far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the
vine. The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he
plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.