It is called The Happiness Paradox and although it’s still in the rough-draft phase, it was interesting to read the first section as we drove, cars whizzing past, the sun setting on the calm yellow horizon stretched out in front of us.
The thing that hit me the most was outside of what was written…although there are so many interesting concepts he brings up in there…but I loved that my Dad gave a little synopsis of how he’s always been enamored by finding “joy.” It made me realize how deeply he’s studied that concept for the last almost fifty years. From the seedlings of wonder that crept into his heart during graduate school to the creation of “Joy School” with my Mom (co-op parent-taught pre-school that holds a huge spot in my heart…more on that over HERE and HERE), to the quotes he had us memorize as kids “…joy is secret smiling of the heart,” “happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply…” to the awesome “Grandfather’s Secrets” he has all the grandkids memorize, etc., etc. As I read each section of that manuscript I kept getting filled with more and more awe as to how powerful ideas are. How they can be interwoven so much into the fabric of someone’s life, and how that weaving can weave and spread itself out in so many ripples.
It made me think of our “wall” in our house with all our favorite things included (here)…and how those ideas my Dad had clear back in graduate school have made their way, almost fifty years later, right onto the very heart of that wall. “Joy is the purpose of life and a choice we make” is the central focus point:
And not only onto that wall, but into our hearts. The concept of Joy is something I think about all the time. I know my siblings do too.
It’s certainly something that has rippled through hundreds of thousands of families who have done Joy School and who have read pretty much any of my parents’ books.
So, just some thoughts on the power of ideas on a Friday morning. Makes me wonder what kind of ideas I spill out that will someday be written on my own children’s hearts, rippling out.
I hope they will be good ones.