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I Choose Joy

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 182 People

    Carpe Diem

    Yesterday, as the sun was sinking, the front moved in and a gentle rain began to fall, pasting golden maple leaves to windshields and driveways.  Dusk arrived in a great big rush, and the blinding glare that once made us wince while gathering around the dinner table had been...
    juan1966 juan1966 46-50, M 9 Responses Nov 7, 2008

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    Leader

    The head of a program I'm part of is named Bess.  Today that program hosted a picnic, and of course, Bess was there.  Watching her, I was struck by a realization.I looked at her and thought "That is a profoundly unhappy woman."  I watched her go through the motions of flipping...
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F Sep 22, 2011

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    Questions

    It's all in remembering  to ask the better question  Instead of :how could i get hurt here? how could things go wrong? how did i get into this?, i want to know how can i enjoy this place,situation,chalange or person ? how can i enjoy this moment...
    trailguide trailguide 36-40, F 16 Responses Sep 11, 2008

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    For My Own Mental Health

    I choose joy.  Not perfectly, and not all the time, but as well and as frequently as I can manage.  Life has its curves, and I've had a few; death of parents, health issues, a spouse who left me, things like that.  Others have had a lot more, but mine could get me...
    EBunbury EBunbury 46-50, M 3 Responses Jul 19, 2008

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    Likeylalayys Likeylalayys 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 8, 2015

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    The Diary

    Sometimes in the morning, when I wake up  I have a terrible feeling, a struggle for no reason. These are the moments I just wish to stay in bed and sleep the whole day, but it wouldn’t help me to feel better, it would only make it worse. Since then, I have developed a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Nov 24, 2010

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    Good morning ep friends!

    Today is a new day:) make the choice that bits going to be amazing before you even get out of bed! <3
    kitticat007 kitticat007 31-35, F 3 Responses Aug 26, 2014

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    Excuses Excuses.....

    “The trick is not how much pain you feel - but how much joy you feel. Any idiot can feel pain. Life is full of excuses to feel pain, excuses not to live, excuses, excuses, excuses” – Erica Jong   Indeed, this is true, and I need to keep reminding myself...
    juan1966 juan1966 46-50, M 11 Responses Sep 22, 2009

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    Joy And Joywish

    I choose both joy and Joywish (AKA Joy). Rather fond of joy, it always seems to be a fleeting emotion but one that is thrilling because it is ephemeral. The emotion joy never sticks around long enough for you to get used to it. Joy, on the other hand, is a wonderful...
    rojblake rojblake 36-40, M 9 Responses Oct 19, 2009

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    The Title Sais It All.

    But because i relly like this group and it's a new one without a story, i may as well put my 2 cents worth here  first :)  I choose joy  because among all the countles choices avilable in this life, this one is by...
    trailguide trailguide 36-40, F 20 Responses Jun 21, 2008

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    Journey To Joy

    I've known depression. I've also had times of extreme joy. I'm learning (slowly) to choose joy more often - even when circumstances aren't good. An ancient writer said, "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation." That's a secret I want to...
    journeytojoykiw journeytojoykiw 51-55, M 1 Response Oct 16, 2009

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    Peace

    I don't think I'm going to use this site any longer. My best friend is uncomfortable with me writing about her even if I don't use her name. I've known her three months now and spend every single day with her. Yesterday we discussed my dating, as the girl I'm interested me asked...
    tinymind tinymind 41-45, M Oct 21, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    I ask my self what Gods purpose in my life is. I want to be happy. But I keep ending up alone. Because I choose the wrong men.
    AliChan25 AliChan25 22-25, F 1 hr ago

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    If you were dared to blow raspberries on my belly and you have to choose how many raspberries you blow on my belly, how many raspberries would you blow on my belly? Why?
    bellyraspberryman21 bellyraspberryman21 22-25, M 1 hr ago

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    I've been perusing this site and never dropped much of a post. But it is a big help and provides some relief when you just go ahead and let it out there. I've been married for 15...
    VPgator VPgator 41-45, M 5 Responses 2 hrs ago

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    Menstruation Testimony!! During church service, this 16-year old pastor's daughter stood up and says: "Praise the Lord!" Everybody shouted with joy,"Hallelujah". She continued...
    Rusham Rusham 66-70, M 2 Responses 2 hrs ago

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    It's something I personally choose for. I can't actually see any person as a real friend. I also don't really want friends in my personal life. Even tho it bothers me that I'm...
    Ichki Ichki 22-25, M 3 hrs ago

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    I hurt so bad for so long. I don't even remember what I was like before this. Why did you leave like that? I have spouts of joy where I momentarily forget you. But your always...
    Villear007 Villear007 31-35, M 5 hrs ago

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    I don't need to be judged by you because I have my own judgement. i don't need to be ashamed of myself for doing things you thought were ridiculous because I don't do things of...
    ForMyLegMan ForMyLegMan 26-30, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    What you choose to think about and dwell on in this life will make or break you as to what type of person you will end up becoming in this life. A negative mind, never brings...
    Grace2U Grace2U 66-70, F 5 hrs ago

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    Good morning! How's your search for someone to talk to and a soulmate coming? Often, I think we think we have found what we are looking for only to be disappointed at some point...
    jezwriting jezwriting 56-60, M 6 hrs ago

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    If you were going to die tomorrow and could choose 10 people (not relations/spouse) to have your last supper with (dead or alive for entertainment purposes) who would they be...
    GalateaSpheres GalateaSpheres 36-40, F 11 Responses 6 hrs ago

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    On the subject of free will: Imagine you are on a train travelling at a steady speed. You may look out of the window whenever you wish. You can choose to stand or sit, you decide...
    Richlieu Richlieu 61-65, M 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    Its strange how fate seems to work. It seems to have a mind of its own and a course that it sets. Like water flowing thru a river it winds its way down. Charting its own course...
    AmazingPoet AmazingPoet 41-45, M 2 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    My heart speaks softly, through reminiscing of past times and the kiss of your seemingly honey-lips 💋in the future. Your essence rampages like a wild horse💗 galloping to...
    xxxMickeyMouse22xxx xxxMickeyMouse22xxx 22-25, M 9 hrs ago

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    What I was thinking, rather pondering is why do women and men truly love each other? Obviously I don't have real answers but opinions only. Why does a man truly love a woman? Is it...
    047Ronin 047Ronin 51-55, M 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    Tears of joy start from the right eye and tears of pain start from the left eye
    lenagrape8 lenagrape8 13-15, F 1 Response 11 hrs ago

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    fire and the flood- vance joy
    Angelofsinners1989 Angelofsinners1989 26-30, F 1 Response 12 hrs ago

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    OPEN HEAVENS FELLOWSHIP DAILY DEVOTION LOVE ENERGY John 13:1 (AMP) And as He had loved those who were His own in the world, He loved them to the last and to the highest degree...
    ganyoji ganyoji 22-25, F 13 hrs ago

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    I'm not interested in having hundreds or thousands of "friends." I want a small circle of great friends who I talk to on a regular basis and get to know. Each brings value to my...
    GraesSparrow GraesSparrow 51-55, F 18 hrs ago

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    Looking for a guy who will take complete control of my hair. I'll be your haircut slave! I'm very obedient. Please cut my hair!
    snipbuzz88 snipbuzz88 22-25, F 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    hello any girl who want real short haircut in India? i love to cut hair short . if any Then message me.
    keyur275 keyur275 22-25, M 1 day ago

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    I call the era in my life now the "In-Between". A moment in your life where you literally feel like your in the middle between life and death and don't know which direction to...
    DarkPhoenix1985 DarkPhoenix1985 26-30, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    there is no fear in love but perfect love casts out fear. God is love. the greatest command of Jesus is to love God and love my neighbor as myself.
    sunriseinmyeyes sunriseinmyeyes 31-35, F 5 days ago

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    I asked my little grandson to draw me a picture a few nights ago. I was pleasantly surprised to see a huge sun and moon! He said, "I drew your two favorite things, grandma!" My...
    ToTheMoon1 ToTheMoon1 36-40, F 6 Responses 5 days ago

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    One thing I've learned is that army girlfriends understand something no one else does. We know what it is to love someone truly for their person. We don't have a ring or his last...
    tplum15 tplum15 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 3

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    I always felt like when I cross-dressed it brought me joy because I was expressing the inner me my femme self. I started feeling a tingle when younger but I didn't understand it...
    bcsissy bcsissy 61-65, T 3 Responses Feb 2

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    Suffering from really disturbing nightmares of late, wish I could sleep & not dream at all...
    selina1986 selina1986 26-30, F Feb 1

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    you .. kind of .. can ..................................................................
    cdwishimatgurlCalandraBelle cdwishimatgurlCalandraBelle 36-40, M 1 Response Jan 31

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    Abridged version:This is a sample of all of the DIY projects running rampant here at chez moi. The process has been highly therapeutic, and the result is me being totally head-over...
    arailia03 arailia03 26-30, F Jan 30

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    This article is about moving on too soon. We all heal in our own way and in our own time. To Thine Own Self Be True - Always http://www.emotionalaffair.org/moving-affair-soon/
    NOWHealing NOWHealing 61-65, F Jan 30

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