Don’t Postpone Joy

I remember reading this sign years ago in a toy shop: “Don’t postpone joy.”

While the slogan has a kind of 1960’s feel to it, the idea that we should enjoy the present moment as far as we possibly can is surely good advice. As we discussed in our Lent Class on Monday, it is recommended by the new happiness theorists such as Daniel Kahneman and Paul Dolan, who use social science to recommend ways to make ordinary life more pleasing. And of course such statements as “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will be glad and rejoice in it” are plentiful in the Bible.

I also spoke in the Lent Class about how Christian faith can help us design our lives so that we maximize joy. Not a bad subject for meditation during this season. —J. Douglas Ousley

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One Response to “Don’t Postpone Joy”

  1. John Ubieta says:

    It’s so true. A couple of years ago, my late cousin Albert had bought a big house in residential Scottsdale, Arizona and even had a guest house built nearby for family and intimate friends to spend time with him, his wife and children. He invited me many often to come over so we can spend time together. He wanted to give me a ride in his plane and take me to my first parachute jump among other adventures. I kept delaying my trip to Scottsdale, always thinking I would eventually bypass all the current obstacles in my life and finally be able to take him on his generous offer. Sadly, as many of you already know, my cousin was tragically killed last January flying the very plane he wanted to share with me. Now, I’m only left wondering what would’ve been like to have spend this special time with him. If I could only turn back time. So, as the Rector says, don’t postpone the joy.

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