Lockdown Day 36 1 May 2020 – JOY!

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Paul McCartney & The Frog Chorus – We All Stand Together 

No, I am not listening to We all Stand Together because of COVID-19 and the fact that we are all in the same storm – although it is a very appropriate song for these times. The real reason why it brings me JOY is below, just read on.

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”
― Tom Bodett

“Without pain, how could we know joy?’ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
― Rumi

I found my quotes at www.goodreads.com/quotes/


Quote 1:  Who do you love? What do you do that is leaving a legacy? What do you hope for (that motivates you to act)? When I make this list, it is not just family and pets that come to mind. There are many people in this category.  There are many things I love to do. Included in things to do, are places I love to go. Leaving a legacy I wrote about before. I hope for a better world and that sharing my thought may contribute in creating it. A becoming world after COVID-19, always growing.

Quote 2:  I added this quote because I have so much issue with the story that goes:  “I complained about not having shoes, then I saw a guy without feet.” Gratitude is a very important attitude, No denying that. But I am grateful that I do have feet and would like to have decent shoes. I imagine the guy without feet has his own needs. No correlation between broccoli and chocolate! Do I have to be an alcoholic to appreciate wine?

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Quote 3: What do I do from my soul? I have a grandson, but he was a few weeks old when we went into lockdown, and I did not have time to play with him like I would like to do. I am looking forward to the day that we can walk to the dam and the ducks. But here are real memories.  What do I do from my soul that flows and gives me joy? Anything I have done with my granddaughters! That is where Stand Together comes in. When Leah was small I looked after her every Friday. From a few months old to two years, when they move to Ireland. We had a ritual that evolved as she grew older. Later we visited the library every Friday. One day we took out a book about a frog choir. After reading the book I played this video for her. She thoroughly enjoyed the frogs and the Bom, bom.

Shared joy is exponentially greater joy, especially when doing something for somebody else!

The header photo symbolizes JOY to me. It is a memory of a good weekend away, and it is Benji, the Yorkie, chasing a ball. It brings him immense JOY.

Writing this COVID-19 journal, even when I write about depression, brings me joy!

And this video from the Little Mermaid was a hit when my daughters were young. They sang these songs. Thinking of them brings me joy and this song recalls all the good times.


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