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A little joy this Saturday

on May 4, 2013

Lately around here, the days have been too cold and too bleak for, well, anyone’s liking! It’s hard enough to stay cheery during the winter months, let alone when the winter months start intruding on what is clearly summer’s turf! So I’ve been going over this poem in my head a lot the past few days, mostly because I think it’s beautiful and all about taking joy and running with it whenever it comes. Hopefully this little tidbit will put a bit of a smile on your face and some joy in your heart this Saturday, whether things are bright and sunny and or damp and grey where you’re at right now!

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happened better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.

– -Mary Oliver, Swan: Poems and Prose Poems


2 responses to “A little joy this Saturday

  1. Love this quote! It’s so true, we all need to just FEEL THE JOY a lot more, whenever possible. Even when we think it’s impossible, find something little and let it in. Ah so perfect for monday morning. well done 🙂

    • Chelsea says:

      Thanks, Chat!! I love this so much because its all about not being ashamed of feeling joy. Yeah, there’s a lot of badness out there, but there’s also joy, and joy deserves that we notice it too 🙂 glad I could help prevent a case of the Mondays 😉

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