November 11, 2015

11 Quotes About Joy

Attitude Matters

There are constant opportunities to choose optimism or pessimism. Personally speaking, the darkness is constantly threatening to overshadow my light. The many small blessings are trampled on by the completely overwhelming chronic illness, the relationship challenges, and whatever else.  

I have severe, restrictive tunnel vision. Yet, it’s not something that can be cured by an eye doctor. The only way I can cure it is to choose joy.

Yes, our mindset is always a choice. Nobody can force either happiness or sadness on us. We may have circumstances thrust on us, but not a way of thinking:
  • A thief can steal a purse, but he cannot command the owner to cry for hours over the loss.
  • A man can ask a woman to get married, but he can’t force her to smile for hours on end and do a happy dance.
  • The Nazis were able to imprison Viktor Frankl, but they didn’t break his spirit.

Quotes About Joy

I recently posted an article about choosing joy in the midst of ridiculous trials. Today, I’d like to share some sayings that I found in an article on

 “Remember to light the candle of joy daily and all the gloom will disappear from your life.”—Djwhal Khul
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”—Buddha
“Man loves because his is Love. He seeks Joy, for he is Joy. He thirsts for God for he is composed of God and he cannot exist without Him.”—Sathya Sai Baba
“Joy descends gently upon us like the evening dew, and does not patter down like a hailstorm.”—Jean Paul F. Richter
“The only true measure of success is the amount of joy we are feeling.”—Abraham-Hicks
“If you are not living in joy, you are out of integrity with your soul.”—Michael Bernard Beckwith
“The artesian well of joy never runs dry. We clog it with our thoughts.”—Greg Anderson
“This is true joy in life…being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one…being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”—George Bernard Shaw
“Without joy in your life you are powerless.”—Joyce Meyer
“The greatest gift you can give yourself is joy, not only because of the feeling that goes with it at the moment, but because of the magnificent experience it will draw to you. It will produce wonders in your life.”—Jack Boland
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”—Psalm 30:5

My Conclusion

Happy Veterans' Day to the brave men and women who fight/fought for freedom everywhere!

Please see more about attitude in my book, Accept No Trash Talk: Overcoming the odds.

How have you chosen joy?

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