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I Choose Joy

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 183 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    Likeylalayys Likeylalayys 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 8

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    so I will delete the new one "JOYYAU33" that I just created. I don't really remember when I wat joined EP, but may be I became member i then forget to come back. Untill one day...
    joyyau joyyau 31-35 1 day ago

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    ‘what it is and where it stops nobody knows, you gave me a life I never chose’. This is a line from the song called blindness by a band called metric. It’s true. I didn’t...
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    There are lots of things that can go against me and my plans during the day. Each day, I wake up grateful knowing that certain things might not happen in the way that I want them...
    Tiffany94 Tiffany94 26-30, F 2 Responses 12 hrs ago

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    My menu for tonight: Stuffed Mushrooms with clams, Parmesan, Romano and herb breadcrumbs. ( my version of Olive Garden) Garlic Rosemary Chicken & mashed potatoes.... Yummy for my...
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    I think sometimes inanimate objects are easy to get attached to.Like your books or your pillow.They don't hurt you back.I like to be attached to my books.
    whitesunshine87 whitesunshine87 46-50, F 2 Responses May 5

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    Aside from it cleanses the lacrimal duct and gives your heart tons of happiness,It's a good feeling!
    4BlackForest 4BlackForest 36-40, F 1 Response May 12

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    enlightenment is not a search, it is a realization, the very nature of life - Osho
    mistywillow mistywillow 22-25, M May 14

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    enlightenment is not a search, it is a realization, the very nature of life - Osho
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    I miss my husband his so far away I miss how we use to have fun I miss his kiss his touches his hugs the way he made love to me oh how I wish he could hold me in his arms I want...
    FAIZAhadafow FAIZAhadafow 18-21, F 1 Response May 16

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    Is that a bad thing? Ive always wasted my love,time,effort OBSESSING over the wrong females.. and now i had a woman who would do everything "a wife" should for me but its such a...
    92krosado 92krosado 22-25, F May 16

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    You may never know what the future holds. You can never predict when will it rains. The one you were before will be different from today. The cause of your actions will never be...
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    Hopefully I don't dream about him again tonight.. #wishfulthinking #iwantagoodnightsleep
    krmdr krmdr 18-21, F 1 Response May 19

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    or even stay asleep long enough to try. I wake up in the middle of the night with too much on my mind and can't get back to sleep.
    CallmeHopelessNotRomantic CallmeHopelessNotRomantic 36-40, F 2 Responses May 20

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    I can find humor in just about anything.A friend asked how I was doing.I gave a silly and somewhat scary reply.That made my feelings of anger just float away.:)
    aponinivory aponinivory 51-55, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    It's getting kind of irritating. Although lately I've been dressing kind of gothic, I do not consider myself to be goth. I consider myself my own person, and in that aspect of...
    marshababy33 marshababy33 13-15, F 2 hrs ago

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    How to Quiet the Mind - By Gina Lake The mind is a wonderful tool for thinking, but it has a dark side. There is an aspect of the mind that is not useful but pretends to be...
    imurfriend imurfriend 26-30, F May 2

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    Make good choices based on joy rather than making bad choices based on excuses. My relationship with the cheater ended over 6 months ago. I'm alone and single. Does this mean I...
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    bridalshop bridalshop 26-30, F May 19

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    I act like all is well, I act like I'm okay.. I act like I'm happy... but nothing could be further from the truth... I drown my stress, my pain, my heartache, my sorrow in bottles...
    raf408 raf408 31-35, M 2 Responses 16 hrs ago

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    "Our sorrows will never be sad enough. Our joys never happy enough. Our dreams never big enough. Our lives never important enough. To matter." - Arundhati Roy (The God of Small...
    azuraswisdom azuraswisdom 16-17, F 16 hrs ago

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