Thoughts to Ponder

Joy does not simply happen to us

April 30, 2014

“Joy does not simply happen to us.
We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”
Henri J. M. Nouwen


Many of us have come to believe that there is so much violence and natural disasters in our world that there is no room for joy. What is there to be joyful about? Storms, illness, traffic jams, angry bosses, sore back and lack of money fill my reality. Why should I be joyful?

Joy doesn’t have to be a 24/7 feeling. It can just be a moment:
when you look into a loved one’s eyes;
when you see a flower bloom;
when you see your baby walk for the first time;
when your child graduates from college; or
when you feel the sun after days of rain.

Joy is momentary, but it can grow to be a habit, a way of life. We all have our ups and downs. Some of us are down more than up. That’s okay. Life is not all grins and giggles. We face many situations that can and do suck joy from our lives.

If we want to experience joy on a regular basis we can. The decision is ours. We can choose to feel joy every day, if only for a moment. Pamela Harper says, “How do you break this cycle? Allow yourself to be grateful for what is. You’ll get used to joy.”*


We thank you for this day and choose to experience peace, love and joy. We know that perhaps we’ll have to deal with a difficult situation, but we ask to see and feel joy where it exists. And, so it is.


If you know someone who would appreciate reading “Thoughts to Ponder,” please suggest that he or she contact me at:

Sharon D. Dillon, energywriter@cox.net
Chesapeake Bay Writers, Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop, Southern Humorists, National Society of Newspaper Columnists
Author of one of 14 stories in The Book of Mom: Reflections of Motherhood with Love, Hope and Faith, published by Available in print and e-format at

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