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I Choose Joy

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 173 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    I choose to be. I choose life. I choose the very things which have been cast aside by the people. I choose my heart. I choose love. I choose to be the very soul that I am...
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    People will judge based on their perception, ALWAYS, but that doesn't make it an absolute for you. People judge, but that's not the reason why you feel "judged", it's because you...
    Jdone Jdone 18-21, M 5 days ago

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    Yes, cross dressing brings me joy. It helps bring out my woman within. It is great to feel pretty and sometimes sexy. It just let's me be me and that brings me joy.
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    If you could choose to be from one of the nations, what would it be? Water Tribe Earth Kingdom Fire Nation Air Nomads I would choose the Fire Nation.
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    Filmmakers rely on what is known as "Suspended Disbelief". Even though the viewer knows the sets are fake and that there's a director, a cameraman, and about 30 other people on the...
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    Smile regardless, laugh regardless, and have fun regardless. Positive thoughts will forever outweigh the negative ones. The sun will shine, through the dark clouds, and thunder...
    SecretEscape SecretEscape 36-40, F 4 Responses Dec 4

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    Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness or misery.
    sleyblakes sleyblakes 22-25 1 Response Dec 5

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    Send me your anger Send me your pain I'll inflate it and twist it til it's pretty again Send me your old your sick and your dying all the dead down below that have...
    Tannasheart Tannasheart 46-50, F 11 hrs ago

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    Plenty of people today will show you how this song served them cope with their grief and also the difficulties which they ended up going through, so it's no wonder which the song...
    Michael0962opo3 Michael0962opo3 31-35, M 10 hrs ago

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    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misanthropy Unfortunately Misanthropists need a place to play as well. (Those who despise humanity.) They are not exactly evil, just dull, profoundly...
    Tannasheart Tannasheart 46-50, F 8 hrs ago

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    I am The prince of darkness, Do not ignore this message. Darkness will consume you.There will be a war of black and white. Do you want to make a deal???
    DJer DJer 13-15, M 4 Responses 16 hrs ago

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    I bottle up and leave you alone, just like Corey said "the last man standing gets no pity"
    teddy714 teddy714 13-15, M 2 Responses 15 hrs ago

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    This is my problem. Im a loving person a good hearted person willing to do anything for a person I love, but ohhhhh if you have betrayed me..... the love I have turns into pure...
    vnesanarti vnesanarti 22-25, F 2 Responses 12 hrs ago

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    My wife is so out of touch with the impact that her affair has had on me. Damn I hate cheaters
    Dartanian Dartanian 36-40, M 3 hrs ago

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    That is...if you were totally available and wishing the same...
    Brunette4U Brunette4U 31-35, F Dec 8

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    Hence all my bs EP questions... :p
    PartyPat2336 PartyPat2336 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 1

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    Because of this handsome little man!! Words could never explain the love I feel for my baby!!
    Anngeleyes Anngeleyes 26-30, F 5 days ago

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    I FIND THAT I LOVE TO MAKE MYSELF SUFFER, BECAUSE I FEEL UNACCUSTOMED TO PEACE... I HAVE HATED MYSELF ALL MY LIFE, I CRY MYSELF TO SLEEP... WHEN SOMETHING GOES WRONG, I DO NOT...
    ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT 26-30, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Does seeing someone else worse then you provide you a sense of relief? Do you think " Atleast I'm not that person"? Why do you some people feel this way? Is it a defense mechanism...
    MadderSkies MadderSkies 18-21 1 Response 1 day ago

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    We all have our own memories of our past. Some of them sad, and some happy. Last night, while sitting with a friend, we started talking about our memories of our past, some of...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Nov 17

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    It's true! :) I like both equally for different reasons
    papercastles papercastles 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 17

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    My thoughts exhaust me. The back and forth on what to do, trying to look at things from every aspect. It's all exhausting. I feel like I'm waiting for something to happen to make...
    PinkBunnyBlackHeart PinkBunnyBlackHeart 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 18

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    Characteristics:During the time of transfer printing ,cloth can firmly follow paper.This avoids shifting once transfer at a results of the image edge blur and a loss of image...
    miaowenwen miaowenwen 46-50, F Nov 20

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    Well, it's been over a year now since the DDay, so I thought I'd give an update. The anniversary of DDay came and went without much thought or attention paid to it. Of course, I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 20

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    For the ENTIRE time "we have been in this New century, millineum (whatever)", America HAS CONSISTENTLY CHOSEN men Who Knew NOTHING of How to take this country - and indirectly The...
    desireindisguise desireindisguise 56-60 Nov 24

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    There is a song called "Irresistible" by One Direction that takes about how "Midnight ain't no time for laughing when you say goodbye." First time I heard that line, the English...
    MidnightLaughter MidnightLaughter 18-21, F Nov 26

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    I would teleport into different lives to gain different experiences.
    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 29

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    To dream a dream is to awaken your inner self. Your wants, your desires, your passions are given life.
    BlueEyes31 BlueEyes31 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 29

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    Why does this have to be so hard? I don't understand him at all! I know he's not being honest with me. Why should he tell me the truth when all he does is lie to everyone else? It...
    Sweetsally2 Sweetsally2 36-40, F Dec 2

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    I know dreaming is supposed to involve the deep subconscious mind, but I wish I could understand it better. It would be nice if I had some control over it. Every dream I wake up...
    fourcrazyccats fourcrazyccats 31-35, F Dec 4

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    He is miles away, in another state and has my heart. I rather sleep alone then be with any other guy. I only want him in my arms at night.
    lostwithoutluke lostwithoutluke 18-21, M Dec 7

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    Power Replication :D It's the best power to have.
    TransmutedHeart TransmutedHeart 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 9

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    I always liked Hinata in Naruto Ultimate Ninja. Even though there was no Earthly way that I should win against most of the characters, I did pretty good against a lot of people. I...
    FunnyLookingCorpse FunnyLookingCorpse 18-21, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Something isn't right. I can't quite put my finger on it but I just know that something is wrong.
    Dartanian Dartanian 36-40, M 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    You must always pay attention towards choosing the best baby skin care soap for your little prince or princess. Proper skin care of your baby can be done only with natural products...
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