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Reflections on Joy

I’ve been doing lots of writing about interpersonal violence and I need a break. Working on some lovely anthology projects and spending time with other writers, I’m aware of feeling peace. And joy. The creative community is a place of connection and fulfillment, of important friendships, quirky humor, and joy. Maybe my writers’ community is a home for my soul.

  • Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot. – Aristotle
Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot. – Aristotle Click To Tweet
  • When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness – all the good things. — Maya Angelou

  • …being in a state of joy is a learned skill, not an innate ability. — Donald Altman, author, The Joy Compass

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. -- Richard Bach Click To Tweet

  • The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. —  Richard Bach

  • Part of the joy comes from seeing one’s own children become parents – watching the cycle of birth, nurturance, and independence begin again. Grandmothers became quite passionate about the magic of it all, often bowled over by their intensity of feeling. —  Doreen Rosenthal, author, New Age Nanas

Where is your soul’s home? What brings you joy? I look forward to hearing from you in the comments!

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14 Comments

  • micahward

    I believe true joy comes from a contentment with yourself. When we can be happy and content with ourselves alone then it becomes much easier to find joy in our circumstances and relationships. It’s hard to like anything else if we don’t like ourselves.

  • krystal

    Hi Andrea, I am so glad that you took this break for you to circle in the joy! Your powerful voice and words are radiating far beyond the existence of this blog. I too feel like writing is a home for my soul. <3

  • barbparcellswritingalife

    My soul’s home has always been with my family, my beautiful daughters who have grown into beautiful women, my sweet, beautiful, handsome and talented grandkids who teach me so much, and my little 4 yr old great grand-son who thinks playing Play Doh with great-grandma is like a day at Disneyland!

  • Jill K Celeste

    I am so blessed to have many objects of joy in my life – from my husband and kids, to my basset hound and guinea pigs. My clients bring me great joy too. Thank you for these lovely quotes!

  • Kathleen

    Synchronicity at work in my life with your post, Andrea! I was saying today I’ve been working on heavy stuff and need to go have fun and be joyful! For me, it’s the theater and my family, that’s my soul’s home. <3

    • Andrea

      It’s a challenge to find the balance between the heavy stuff and self-care. I, too, have a supportive family and lots of outlets. I’ve been connecting with them for a few days and plan to do more of that today. Thanks for the comment.

  • kelleygrimes

    I have also been thinking about joy this week after a few months of feeling so much grief and sadness. I feel profound joy when I am with my family and friends, laughing, being in nature, being creative, meditating and working collaboratively with a group. I love the Maya Angelou quote, “When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness – all the good things.”

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