I’m currently reading Viktor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning. That made me notice an article from Brain Pickings this week that highlighted Frankl’s other work, Yes to Life. In that piece he quoted a verse from Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore:
“I slept and dreamt
that life was joy.
I awoke and saw
that life was duty.
I worked — and behold,
duty was joy.” Continue reading
What is your last memory of being really happy? Joyful? Laughing until your stomach hurt?
My guess is it had nothing to do with possessions.
It may have been a family celebration. A graduation. A healthy diagnosis. Some good news after an accident. Watching your loved one shine.
If we are waiting to be happy until we pay off the house or meet the right person or get a better job or lose ten pounds, we will be waiting for a very long time. Continue reading
I was speaking with a music teacher who I met last week and she told me an incredible story. She’s been teaching a certain instrument to children for decades. A few years back, two different seven-year-olds started lessons around the same time. One of them was gifted. She picked up everything immediately. She had the rhythm, grasped the melodies and never had to practice. The other one was the most challenged student she had ever seen. She couldn’t pick up the songs, she had no rhythm, and she struggled to play. But she practiced every day and she loved coming to class to learn more. Numerous times over the years the teacher thought of mentioning to her parents that maybe this instrument wasn’t for her. Maybe she should try something else. But she always held back as the girl seemed to enjoy the process so much. Continue reading
This week a good friend of mine said goodbye to her 45-year-old sister Yola who lost a brave battle with cancer. At the service there was standing room only in the chapel, in the hallways and in a big double overflow room. What a testament to a life well-lived. Continue reading
William Shakespeare said, “Things won are done, joy’s soul lies in the doing.”
As much as we think we’ll be happiest when we reach the top of the mountain, we are actually happiest on the journey.
Joy’s soul lies in the doing. Continue reading
The school year is coming to a close and it’s time for talent shows and play days and graduations and vacations. Although it’s a wild time, it reminds me of the beauty of childhood. When anything is possible and squeezing the most fun out of each day is the way things roll. Continue reading