“Few here are who feel the positive joy of living, whose blood tingles and surges with the thrill of delight just at being alive. It means loving life in a big, free, unquestioning way, feeling it a wondrous, gladsome privilege, drinking it all in, with all it is and has of good or ill, not heroically from a half-filled cup but joyously and unstintedly as from some ever-gushing spring.
Those who love life in this way have a buoyant, bubbling gladness that fills them to the brim and spills itself in joy and laughter that overflows into the lives of others. In their presence one feels a finer, truer attitude toward life, a sense of being on the mountain tops and breathing a purer air, a new touch of courage and inspiration that makes even the hard problems of life, for the time, seem nothing.
It is not that life has brought much to these men, but that they have brought much to life. It is not what they have, but what they are that makes their living a joy. When we look into what they have, we find it is rarely any direct personal possessions, but merely the great common things of life that belong to us all. But they bring to these things the seeing eye, the listening ear, the sympathetic mind and the heart attuned to all life. They own the whole world around them through their intense interest, their vivid imagination, their fine interpretation. They make even the commonplace wonderful by the spirit they bring to it.” ~ William George Jordan
Jordan’s beautiful words provide a fine and ample point of departure for what promises to be a wonderful week. Whatever you might face and however abundant or scarce your resources may be in relation to it, remember that you have yet much to bring to life. No matter how exhausted you might feel, regardless of how much you’ve pushed and clawed your way through the thick and overgrown field of circumstance of late, you have much more to give.
To access that eternal spring within you, you must relax more deeply in the recognition that you will never be given something that is larger than your ability to handle it. You may require the assistance of others (to seek such help is never an admission of weakness), but you have the privilege of meeting everything that comes your way with courage and thanksgiving.
Life is not out to get you. To assume so is to admit that you have abandoned your inherent seat of authority in living. Whenever you blame, accuse or complain, you have stopped short of revealing the finer, truer attitude toward life which is at hand in each and every moment.
Don’t forget to sound and listen for the joy note in life.
It is always there.