Posts tagged joy
Negativity is noise.

Life is hard. Harder for some than others. But in general, everyone has a lot of balls in the air. Budgeting, car maintenance, cleaning the house, committee meetings, career, Church, soccer practice, yard work… you get the idea. All of that activity piles up and two things start to happen...

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We Teach Others How to See Us.

When I hear stories of the Prisoners of War who tell jokes to each other to keep up morale or Paul and Silas who sang songs of praise while in the Roman prison, I'm struck by the brute force of their will to shape perception — both their perception of their own circumstances and our perception of them. Joy in trails is not our default human reaction, however, those who, with great strength of will, choose joy, end up bending the perception of all who hear their story.

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Square One Part II: why you should give up on the pursuit of happiness

The pursuit of happiness was penned into the Declaration of Independence because the Founding Fathers understood that a continual search for happiness is fundamental to our existence. When you ask a parent what they wish for their child, inevitably they respond, "to be happy." If you ask an individual what they seek out of life, you'll often hear, "to be happy." And the pursuit of this elusive happiness is what motivates much of our lives. The fact that Jefferson preceded "happiness" with "pursuit of" indicates the constancy of the pursuit. Happiness is not easily gotten, yet is easily lost. We live each day in a constant pursuit of it because you can't hang on to that feeling by simply existing - you must fight for it every moment.

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"Vibrant" Doesn't Mean Perfect

Smooth sailing is a thing of daydreams. It doesn't happen. The waters will get choppy, the thunderheads will open their floodgates and lightening will strike too close for comfort. Vibrant living doesn't boast a perfect life. Vibrant living boasts a life of contentment, perseverance and joy.

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