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Day 74: Choosing Joy

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I haven't got to 'J' yet, so maybe I'm jumping the gun a little, but perhaps there's a reason the cosmos sent this across my path today.

A couple weeks ago I joined a new Spark Team called 'WeBlog.'* It ties in nicely with one of my New Year's Resolutions to post a blog daily. So far I have managed to keep that resolution; it has become important to me in a way I didn't anticipate, even when I have nothing meaningful to say.

[*I once read that the word 'blog' came about because a journalist had written of a 'web log' but neglected to add a space between the two words. Someone else, reading it, sounded it out as 'we blog' - as in conjugation: I blog, you blog, he / she / it blogs, etc., thus creating a new verb. Could be apocryphal, but it makes an appealing story, to my mind.]

The WeBlog team leader often posts ideas or questions to get us thinking, and writing. Today she posted 'Share some favorite quotes and explain why you like them.' She started that thread before 11 AM. It's now 8:30 PM (GMT). This has been wandering in and out of my thoughts nearly all day.

I told myself I don't have time to write a blog. I told myself I needed to do something more 'productive.' Well, time and productivity went out the window - and I am the happier for it. Because the following is what finally jelled in my head.

"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it." --Groucho Marx

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." --Abraham Lincoln

These two quotes say essentially the same thing. I like the detail and explanation of the first. The simplicity of the second makes it very portable, so I can tote it around with me.

I often have to remind myself that, yah, I DO have a choice. Sometimes I pick the poorer one, even though I know better. Sometimes the unhappy choice is almost forced upon me. But Life throws enough rainy days at us; when I can, I want to choose sunshine. By and large, I work at focusing and concentrating and making a deliberate effort to go with the 'right' choice: happiness, contentment, harmony, tranquility, the agreeable and the cheerful. In that lies power. Thinks me.

And it makes life a darned sight more pleasant, too, lol... So I'm going to go watch a program that's one of Himself's favorites, and then I will call one of my children, and then we will do Beatleband for a little while before bedtime. Believe me, there is joy in my heart this evening, and I wish the same to all of you.

Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
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    Thanks for posting love the quotes especially Grouch Marx But more important I learned something about where "Blog" came from. So true we decide whether or not to be happy not the situation that decides emoticon Post
    3641 days ago
    I love the Groucho Marx quote. Thanks for sharing. Yes, it is important to choose joy.

    Spark On!
    3643 days ago
    Choosing happiness is an important goal in my life. Thank you for these timely quotes.
    3643 days ago
    Nice quotes. I agree that attitude makes all the difference in teh world in how we live through events. As per my SparkPage title, I try to be "Positive by Choice"
    3643 days ago
    Thank you for sharing those wonderful quotes! I also loved the part about where the term blog came from. :) Wishing you all the best!
    3643 days ago
    Here's to choosing LIFE! Rest well, my friend. emoticon
    3643 days ago
    Happiness, contentment, harmony, tranquility, the agreeable and the cheerful. In that lies power. Thinks me. Well me thinks so also. Great blog, I need to choose to be more this way in all situations!

    3643 days ago
    Good blog, my friend.... just what I needed today.
    And a few extra zzzzz's won't hurt either!
    3643 days ago
    When all else fails, there is always choice...and hooray for that. No matter what comes our way, we have the power to choose how we respond or react. I'm glad that you are choosing to find the joy in what I am sure is a stressful and unsettling time. I will take a lesson from you and watch one of DH's shows...sometimes you have to make those mini-sacrifices, right?

    Thanks for the blog! emoticon
    3644 days ago
    Good thoughts!
    3644 days ago
    Thanks once again. I love the quotes :) and find today's blog strangely calming - I feel much more relaxed for having read it.

    3644 days ago
    I really love this. I would add to your list of quotes, "We Must be the change we wish to see in the world." -- M.K. Gandhi

    It's an important reminder we all have a choice, we choose which path we are going to take.

    3644 days ago
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