Find and Keep your Joy

Posted by Dr. Patrice Smith

A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger ran after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself over the edge.

The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him. 

Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other.

 How sweet it tasted. 

It is a world of suffering, we all know that but joy can be found in all things. Throughout the adversities, throughout the pain, learn to find joy - It is there! Find it and keep it.

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”—Henri Nouwen



  1. Badixcai said...

    Thanks, needed to hear this

  2. annie said...

    i love this post, i can feel the sweet taste of the strawberry, there must always be some around us when we are in a bad situation, thanks to bring this to my life, i will remember it always.

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