“The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything.” — Julian of Norwich [Source: Meditations with Julian of Norwich by Brendan Doyle]
“Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” — Marianne Williamson
“Joy is not in things; it is in us.” — Richard Wagner
“There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go.” — Frederick Faber
“Whether you are talking about education, career, or service, you are talking about life. And life must really have joy. It’s supposed to be fun.”~ Barbara Bush
Grabbing the jacket from the doorknob I felt a flutter. Startled, I saw a monarch butterfly flying out of the jacket.
When it landed Bob said “get the camera.” The butterfly remained in one place as if posing, letting me take photos.
When it had flown across the room I saw the cat stomping something. Fighting the cat, I gently picked up the butterfly I was sure was dead and headed for the patio door. Wings started rustling and it fell to the floor. While I restrained a determined cat, the butterfly found it’s way to the patio. Then as quickly as it made it’s appearance it took off, landing briefly in the tree, then flying away.
Life is hard. Sometimes it seems all we do is struggle and suffer. Then we are surprised by joy.