Ripples #587: Choose Joy!
For our tribe of 25,813 busy people who share encouragement and gratitude.
PEBBLE: We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
-Kahlil Gibran, submitted by Rebecca W., Chicago IL
BOULDER: It’s a choice you can make: to have joy, to find joy and to
spread joy. -Natalie Portman, submitted by Maureen O., Shawano WI
PONDER: Friday found me in one of my favorite Madison spots: the UW
Arboretum where the UW Medical Foundation Clinic Managers held their annual
retreat. It really was a joy to spend the day with them, and we spent part
of our time together discussing the choices we have in our work and lives.
We don’t always get to choose what happens in our day, we don’t always get
to choose the people we are around. We can always choose how we respond to
these events and people, and we can choose joy even when that isn’t our
first reaction. Anger is the right choice sometimes and so is sadness, and
all the other emotions as well. Just remember that joy is also available to
you, waiting for you to choose her. She can transform any ordinary moment
into a miracle.