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A Joyful Trio July 31, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Mindfulness.

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy. ~ Ralph H. Blum

The purpose of our lives is to give birth to the best which is within us. ~ Marianne Williamson, A Return To Love

Ever since there have been men, man has given himself over to too little joy.  That alone, my brothers, is our original sin.  I should believe only in a god who understands how to dance. ~ Henry Matisse

And, I might add, how to laugh! 

No rules.  Just write.

Your thoughts? 

Artwork by Barbara Hines, an island resident whose whimsical paintings reflect her sense of humor, love  of nature, and respect for creatures, great and small. 

For a more complete bio:  Barbara Hines ~ About the Artist 


1. kateshrewsday - July 31, 2011

Well, quite. Joy is viewed with suspicion in so many quarters that one feels like an extraterrestrial sometimes. But the upside to being joyful is that life’s a blast 🙂

nrhatch - July 31, 2011

Isn’t it funny that people take life so seriously . . . and look askance at those who embrace small joys?

Silly rabbits! 😆

kateshrewsday - July 31, 2011

Indeed 😀

2. Naomi - July 31, 2011

Hear, hear, both of you!! Bring on the joy 😀

nrhatch - July 31, 2011

Yes, here’s to having a blast as we sing and dance through our days (and nights)! 😎

3. sweetdaysundertheoaks - July 31, 2011

I have to have funny in my life! Laughter is bliss too.

nrhatch - July 31, 2011

I so agree. If my sense of humor dried up . . . I would wither away in short order.

Life improves with laughter. 😀

4. Tammy - July 31, 2011

Aha! And perhaps I shall pick you where you’ve left off on the laughing bit. Thanks for the inspiration Nancy.

nrhatch - July 31, 2011

Excellent! I’ll look forward to it!

Congrats again on #100 ~ not for the number itself, but for the wisdom you’ve imparted! 😀

5. Patricia - July 31, 2011

What is it with peeps that find it difficult to laugh? I don’t get it.

nrhatch - July 31, 2011

It’s a mystery to me ~ although I suspect that it is related to our attachment to ego concerns. 😉

For example, if we have a choice between taking offense or laughing something off . . . laughter seems to be in everyone’s best interest.

And, yet, many not only choose to take offense, they choose to broadcast their offense in as wide an arc as their sphere of influence allows.

And, if we attempt to alleviate their unnecessary self-created suffering by pointing out that they could choose NOT to be offended . . . we are usually chastised for our efforts.

Watch out! Mud slinging in progress. 😀

6. viviankirkfield - July 31, 2011

A sense of humor is definitely one of the most important attributes one can have! My husband made me laugh when we were dating…and we will be celebrating our 44th anniversary next month.:)
Life is difficult…for many it is an uphill battle just to survive…and a sense of humor (and hope) can keep you going,
We can’t always choose our circumstances…but we can choose how we act or react…with a sense of humor almost always helps.
Thanks, Nancy, for the great quotes and art!

nrhatch - July 31, 2011

Happy (almost) Anniversary, Vivian ~ 44 years is worthy of celebration! Maybe an ICE CREAM CAKE? 😀

On days when my sense of humor is “diminished” (or MIA), life seems a bitter battle. As soon as levity returns, the mountains shrink and become molehills once again.

7. jannatwrites - July 31, 2011

Joy and laughter are what make life fun. A life without either would be unbearable.

Being around someone without joy and laughter in their life is miserable too, so I avoid those people when I can. If I can’t avoid them, I laugh around them 🙂

nrhatch - July 31, 2011

Here’s to good cheer! 😀

8. Paula Tohline Calhoun - July 31, 2011

An abiding attitude of gratitude fosters the best we have to give through an attitude of generosity, which brings ultimate joy.

nrhatch - July 31, 2011

Any activity or practice that connects us with the bottomless well of peace within adds to our joy in life ~ meditation, gratitude, music, art, compassion, kindness, generosity, laughter.

Aah . . . that’s better. 🙂

9. adeeyoyo - August 1, 2011

I love the Marianne Williamson quote!

nrhatch - August 1, 2011

I love watching her speak ~ just the right blend of wisdom and generosity. 😀

10. Cindy - August 1, 2011

Check your email, I’ve sent you another joyful trio 🙂

nrhatch - August 1, 2011

Ooh . . . shall do! 😀

11. walterwsmith3rd - August 1, 2011

The Marianne Williamson quote hit the mark. Joy is the key life, in looking back and looking forward.

nrhatch - August 1, 2011

I agree! It’s not so much what we DO . . . but how we FEEL that matters. When we realize that Joy comes from within, we stop chasing it “out there” ~ we pause, reflect, and relax. And Joy finds us!

Aah . . . that’s better! 😀

12. flyinggma - August 1, 2011

Love, gratitude and laughter makes life with living and so much more enjoyable! Thanks for sharing! A perfect trio for sure.

nrhatch - August 1, 2011

At first blush, they’re unrelated quotes ~ yet they build on one another . . . and come back full circle, spiraling upwards:

Peace -> Joy -> The Best Us -> Peace -> Joy -> Dancing in the streets! 😉

13. eof737 - August 3, 2011

I love Barbara’s painting… it matches the mood of the quotes and your post. perfect! 😉

nrhatch - August 3, 2011

I have Barbara’s work displayed on my office wall ~ a wonderful reminder not to take life too seriously. 😀

14. hugmamma - August 4, 2011

Here! Here! I’m all about laughter, and a good sense of humor. Makes living life so much more pleasant. Have tried the alternative…didn’t like it one bit. Now older, and hopefully wiser, I laugh whenever I can…

which is most of the time. 🙂

nrhatch - August 4, 2011

Life improves with laughter! 😆

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