The Joy-Driven Life

In the midst of all the upheavals in the world today, it is easy to ponder the sobering reality of life and fall into a major funk. But there is a greater truth and a richer response to life and what it means to be human: Joy. G.K. Chesterton, an English Journalist, Novelist, and Essayist who died in 1936 knew well the undercurrent of joy in life. A person is fully human, he says,

"when joy is the fundamental thing in him, and grief the superficial. Melancholy should be an innocent interlude, a tender and fugitive frame of mind;…Pessimism is at best an emotional half-holiday; joy is the uproarious labor by which all things live."

May all you labors this day be uproarious with joy

Posted in Attitude, depression, Hope, Joy
One comment on “The Joy-Driven Life
  1. Jon Hokama says:

    I love that GK quote, Jeff. Thanks for sharing it!
    It reminds me of what C. S. Lewis said about joy:
    No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.

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