A Marvelous Moment, A Good Question

Patry Francis, who is recovering from cancer, encountered “perfect joy.” Read all about it and then ponder the question she poses at the end.

The only disagreement I have is with the idea of “having it.” I think this may not be possible. Life is ever-changing, and we are inconsistent. I think the real accomplishment is in recognizing when we encounter happiness and savoring it, and likewise when we recognize we are gripping negativity and letting go as soon as we know this. This happens daily for me. I dare say that becoming a mother has awakened me to my habits of negativity, and now I practice with more awareness. Any time I have a negative thought, a judgment — any time I feel tempted to dwell in and spew this — I look at my child and realize I have a choice. Actually, I not only have a choice — I have a responsibility to let go of the negative in order to become receptive to joy.

I may update this post later with my answer to Patry’s question.

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3 Comments on “A Marvelous Moment, A Good Question”

  1. TheElementary Says:

    I love and agree with your thoughts on this. Life is short, and it’s also made up of the little moments. Nothing lasts forever and savouring, appreciating, knowing the particular moment is with us, is the best thing we can do.
    Moods change, people leave, things disappear, life moves on and if we’re waiting for permanent, complete happiness then it will probably lead to disappointment. You can have a happy life without constant happiness all the time, every second.

  2. Susan Says:

    Thanks for pointing this post out to us. The ease with which her moment of unreasonable happiness appeared speaks volumes to the experience itself. I don’t know about you but my moments of unreasonable happiness often sneak up and surprise me when I least expect it. Sometimes even in the midst of great sadness.

  3. donna Says:

    Like enlightenment, joy comes and goes. My joy yesterday was doing pet therapy work, meeting a beautiful woman named Gertrude who is going to be 106 next week. She is so at peace with herself, with everything, says she is “ready to go anytime”, and yet is still so vibrantly alive.

    And yes, joy can include sadness, like remembering those who have passed on and the great joy we knew in having them in our lives.