Hope’s Partners – Joy

imagesCAOK2UP2“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.”  ―Marianne Williamson

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

Merriam-Webster.com tells us joy is the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires: a source or cause of delight. Based on this definition, it’s true, we can choose joy by believing we can have what we hope for before we have it. Therefore, Joy is Hope’s partner. When we choose joy on a daily basis it gives us strength to continue in our hope.

Will you choose it today?

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. smilecalm
    Jan 05, 2013 @ 20:10:58

    How wonderful to have joy. It is a feeling of seeing the lake after walking far without water. Once we drink the water, and let it cool our body, we truly have happiness.

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  2. dianarasmussen
    Jan 05, 2013 @ 22:37:19

    I love your line “Joy is Hope’s partner”, beautiful way to look at things.

    Reply

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