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I Choose Joy

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 165 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 4 Responses Aug 26

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    People often say that life is just a full of uncertainty, and no one else can ever show you the right choices that you have to choose right now or in future. Some others can say...
    johnjhpark johnjhpark 26-30, M Aug 28

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    Lean Out of the Windowby James JoyceLean out of the window,Goldenhair,I hear you singingA merry air.My book was closed,I read no more,Watching the fire danceOn the floor.I have...
    WindSylph WindSylph 46-50, F 3 Responses Aug 30

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    I feel joy when I see little finches. Sometimes I think their song is very healing.
    FinlayBrowne FinlayBrowne 31-35, F 3 Responses Sep 8

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    Nowadays electronic cigarettes become more and more popular in our lives. Many people use it because it is more healthy than traditional cigarettes. But lots of us still didn't...
    electricproducts electricproducts 18-21, F Aug 20

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    This is such a hard question as I wish I could have multiple super powers. But if I absolutely had to choose. I would want to be able to be invisible on command. :)
    breeze90 breeze90 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 23

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    It is hard , if i had to choose pne it would be teleportation but if i could have two metamorfose and teleportation . Think about the possibilities with both
    jackxd5 jackxd5 13-15, M 4 Responses Aug 23

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    ok, before you think im a hater, i am bisexual, but i would give anything to be straight, but really, who would actually want to be gay or bi with all the hate, confusion...
    ajgamer ajgamer 13-15, M 1 Response Sep 5

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    This is some wisdom I read recently. Made me stop and think. 10th grade As I sat there in English class, I stared at the girl next to me. She was my so called "best friend". I...
    KenzieluvsRupert KenzieluvsRupert 16-17, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I'm still confused. My wife cheated for 9 months starting in August 2012 (just days before our 10th anniversary). The OG you might as well say is married. So she is not only a...
    Dartanian Dartanian 36-40, M 10 mins ago

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    Freaking awesome, it's good music. Today people just listen to pop and tomorrowland crap that thrills you instantly with basic beats. Check out the instrumental part of songs like...
    Neon765 Neon765 16-17, M Aug 19

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    Spend time with people who makes you happy while also not depending on other people for your own happiness. And be honest with yourself and others by saying what you mean and...
    Zelaleme Zelaleme 46-50, F Aug 30

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    The other day my friend Megan's gran was dying and she was crying her heart out and what made it worse was a guy made fun of her gran dying in front of her. So when Megan told me...
    Smexyshannonxo Smexyshannonxo 13-15, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Autel MaxiTPMS TS601 is professional TPMS diagnostic service tool in the world. TS601 TPMS service capable of fully diagnosing TPMS problems. Autel MaxiTPMS TS601 support free...
    autodiagnosticobd autodiagnosticobd 26-30, F Aug 21

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    Your Thoughts Create Your World..."Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be." ~~ Abraham Lincoln ~~Wishing you happiness that you, yourself, bring into...
    Kathieredart Kathieredart 56-60, F 11 Responses Aug 22

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    The ability to create beautiful gemstones from ordinary rock.
    FunnyLookingCorpse FunnyLookingCorpse 18-21 Aug 23

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    AutopsyMan - Home of the twelve second autopsy !
    jimk1234 jimk1234 51-55, M Aug 23

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    I think having Magneto's powers would be awesome!
    Ski75 Ski75 36-40, M Aug 23

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    I had a dream I met this anime character I'm like in love with and I had a fangirl attack and hugged him and wouldn't let go..... Then I woke up and like was about to cry because...
    cicizzle cicizzle 13-15, F Aug 24

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    I only have 2 people I consider real friends in the world. They're both girls (I happen to get along better with girls). So one of them starts dating this guy. The guy seems nice...
    Genericdude103 Genericdude103 18-21 2 Responses Aug 25

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    It's aggravating not being able to talk about my personal issues.. especially with someone I want to grow with. I can't help it though. It just places me in a sad mindset that I...
    CharleeLuv CharleeLuv 18-21, F Aug 25

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    Summary: I had used Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac for one year and this month, I also tried Aunsoft TransMXF Pro for Mac. To be honest, they are both unexceptionable. But through...
    fxks323 fxks323 22-25, M Aug 26

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    IrisROE IrisROE 56-60, F Aug 30

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    Last night was our monthly Retrouvaille support group (called CORE) for marriage meeting. Summary, for anyone new to this part of EP, we are over a year since I discovered his...
    lillynfriends lillynfriends 46-50, F 1 Response Sep 8

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    If you like me tell me....if you want my number tell me......if you don't say nothing a never know!!!!!!!!!
    Quanworld Quanworld 22-25, M 3 days ago

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    Mhm.. But some people just take it too far... So I liked this guy and I took a mate with me when I went to meet up with him (bad idea) she flirted with him and she's only been...
    NobodyCaresOkai NobodyCaresOkai 13-15, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    She's back.... I really don't know what to think. My husband ended his affair on his own. He told his ex-OW that it was over. They had their ending. She had her closure. He never...
    Uht2014 Uht2014 46-50, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    My boyfriend and I have been together since July 2010. He cheated on me with my best friend in 2013. It started off as an emotional/online affair, but it evolved into a physical...
    rollingdoro rollingdoro 22-25, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    So I have been doing a lot of reading on cheating, exploring The Other Woman section of EP...generally just obsessing over it. Not only can I not understand The Other Woman(/Man...
    rollingdoro rollingdoro 22-25, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    Your crown my queen .. Your throne awaits .
    illuminati5 illuminati5 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    This is NOT my story. This story belongs to Annie3321. I am posting it here for those that struggle with staying. It is amazing insight into what happens once the "affair fog...
    Uht2014 Uht2014 46-50, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    There is a very small line between heaven and hell, I realized this the hard way. One second you can be in heaven and the next in hell deep in burning flames. It is us who decided...
    ccrosser ccrosser 31-35, M 2 hrs ago

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    There is a very small line between heaven and hell, I realized this the hard way. One second you can be in heaven and the next in hell deep in burning flames. It is us who decided...
    ccrosser ccrosser 31-35, M 2 hrs ago

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    My main reason for leaving Tui – much more... as I felt I accomplished to the ideal of my means in the corporation and necessary a change of ecosystem. One of the most...
    Ardellaeh Ardellaeh 31-35, M 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    When I met her, I was hurled suddenly into paradise; ineffable joy penetrated my life. She came into my world and lit it up, abruptly terminating the darkness that preceded her...
    PhiliaSophia PhiliaSophia 18-21, M 5 mins ago

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    I've never ever thought I'll be here today had I not experienced my spiritual awakening just a few days ago, right now it's been the 4th day and I'm still bedridden, sick...
    shiroblanc shiroblanc 22-25, F 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    GETTING COMFORTABLE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE--Segment from last "Eye of the Storm" radio broadcast"GETTING COMFORTABLE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE"Huh? How can that be? Is it not an oxymoron...
    Heavenbound5511 Heavenbound5511 36-40, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    1st September was my grandpa's 70th birthday and that day really leaves a happy memory to us! Many relatives and friends came and we had a big lunch together. Little boys and girls...
    fxks323 fxks323 22-25, M Sep 5

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