“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Joy – such a simple concept and yet so difficult to convey in words. A step beyond happiness that warms the heart and is often contagious, somehow it is seen most often in children, who find it in simple pleasures. I’ve chosen a few examples from the children we saw in Cambodia, where worldly possessions were few but smiles were many.
“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”
It seemed to me that life in Cambodia was somehow less complicated – as if time had frozen some 50 years ago. We saw no smartphones, few automobiles, no large shopping centers or grocery stores. People grew their own crops and made daily trips to the market. Children played simple games with one another and seemed carefree and yes, joyful. For me, it was a lesson in appreciating life’s small pleasures.
“Joy multiplies when it is shared among friends.”
2013 has been a terrific year for me, highlighted by a month in China but full of so many happy moments. I am thankful for the love of my wonderful husband and our families, the joys of friendship, the blessings of good health and the beauty that surrounds me here at home. I sincerely appreciate the support and encouragement of those who follow this blog, which has made me think about my photography and even my view of the world in new and different ways.
“The essence of life is not in the great victories but in the simple joy.”
Jonathan L. Huie
My best wishes to all for a New Year filled with love, peace, good health, and perhaps most importantly, joy. To see more joyful moments, click here.