Meaningful Joy

Day 3. #Pilgrimagetojoy

As soon as I wake up…I set my intention for the day: that this day should be meaningful. Meaningful means, if possible, serve and help others. if not possible, then at least not to harm others. That’s a meaningful day.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

What is it like to wake up with joy? For some, it is no problem. For some, we wake up with a heaviness. Burdened with the details and responsibilities of our lives. Sometimes weighed down by what is happening in the world around us. Recently, I find myself wanting to avoid the news, profoundly affected by world events, the inhumanity in humanity, hurt people hurting people…I seek joy in the midst of sadness or suffering or pain. I am learning that waking up with joy means having meaning and choosing joy. There must be intentionality in the equation.

I choose joy. I choose this day to make a difference. I choose this day to be the difference. I choose God’s will. I choose kindness and compassion. I choose good for others. I choose to be “a reservoir of joy, an oasis of peace, a pool of serenity that can ripple out to all around you.” Archbishop Desomnd Tutu, The Book of Joy.

What do you choose today? What is your meaningful day? I pray it brings you and others a deep and abiding joy.