Joyfull Noise

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter,

and Inspiration

Photograph by Rev. DeBry 

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

Volume 8 page 49 (12-3-09)

It’s a Small World, Taken by Rev. DeBry


I know that my world is Joyful and full of Love.

That time of the year is upon us – when everyone talks about JOY. You get cards wishing you a Joyous Holiday, you hear songs with the word JOY in them, and most of all you are told to “jump for joy.”

          What is JOY? Ask ten different people, and you’ll get ten different opinions. Some people say it is a deeper (higher) level of Happiness. Some say it’s not an emotion at all, like happiness, sadness, anger, etc. Rather, it is a state of being that is outside the emotional realm. That particular statement might confuse some people – How could JOY not be an emotion?

An emotion is invoked by an event that produces a chemical reaction in your body, and your brain has learned, over time, to give names to those different chemical reactions. We’ve come to know what the chemical reaction for anger is, and for happiness, sadness, rage, and so on. I feel that JOY is just a natural state of being within us, that it is ALWAYS there, always waiting for us to embrace it, to bathe in its exquisite splendor and bring it forth. JOY is an essential part of all of us because it lies at our central core of being. It represents our connection to the Divine and resonates with the flow of the Universe when allowed to radiate from our hearts.

When we are in JOY we cannot be in fear and limitation. It permeates every aspect of our lives and enhances our unique contribution to the world, catalyzing our highest potential to live in our full magnificence, in harmony and balance. The resonance of joy and love can change the world!

For many generations, enlightened mystics, gurus, spiritual teachers and even many lay-people who have trained in meditation, yoga, Qi Gong and other types of focus have stated, from their own experiences, that a sure-fire way to experience “real” JOY is to practice one of these quiet disciplines with great sincerity, allowing the energy of the universe to come into you, and you will experience the natural state of JOY. They say that once you’ve sipped from the sweet nectar of pure JOY, you will understand the difference between it and body-driven emotions.

Well, all of the above may be true, or just the fuel for never-ending debate between different modes of expression, experience and philosophy. In any event, it is delicious food for thought. For now, just relax and enjoy the Many Expressions of JOY listed below. Don’t forget to add some of your own!

          Falling in love. Laughing so hard your stomach hurts.  A hot shower.  A special glance. Getting mail that is not junk or bills. Hearing your favorite song on the radio.  Hot towels out of the dryer.  A chocolate milkshake.  A bubble bath.  Giggling.  Thanksgiving at The Beach. A good conversation.

          Finding a $20 bill in your coat. Laughing at yourself. Having someone tell you that you’re wonderful! Friends. Falling in love for the first time. Overhearing someone say something nice about you. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep. Making new friends or spending time with old ones. Playing with a new puppy or kitty. Doing something you really love and having someone whom you respect tell you that you did a good job.

          Sweet dreams.  Hot chocolate.  Road trips with friends.  Getting hugs after church. Swinging on swings. Floating in a warm pool. Watching a good movie cuddled up on a couch with someone you love. Wrapping presents under the tree while eating cookies, listening to Frank Sinatra and drinking eggnog. Song lyrics printed inside your new CD so you can sing along.  Going to a really good concert. Getting butterflies in your stomach every time you see that one special person. Beating your partner at a really competitive game. Making chocolate chip cookies – and eating the cookie dough before you bake them. Clean, fresh sheets. Waking up late and thinking you overslept – then realizing it is your day off.

          Holding hands with someone you care about. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things never change.  Riding the best roller coasters over and over.  Watching the face of someone you care about when they open a present from you.

          A baby’s first real smiles. Seeing a baby’s joy at taking its first steps.  A baby’s belly-laugh.  Hearing a child say “I Love You” when you didn’t say it first.  Watching children performing a dance or a play that they made up.

          Watching the sunrise. Watching the sunset. Swimming with the dolphins. Feeling well again after you have been sick. Eating your favorite ice cream right out of the carton, with a really big spoon…in bed.  Standing up for peoples rights!  Joy is watching a child grow up healthy and happy, and knowing you did your best to protect them from harm. Joy is answering the phone and hearing your grown sons say “I just called to say I Love You.” Joy is getting kisses from your Grandchildren without asking for them. Joy is listening to either Louie Armstrong or Ronnie Grigsby sing “What a Wonderful World.”

“Joy is knowing your purpose. That you were created as an expression of God’s love to all the earth. Joy is knowing that you were designed to be as a rain drop and wherever you land that place will be blessed and nourished with the love of our Creator; God.”

— Pastor Marty McGrail

“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one to share the beauty of the stars with, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the JOY of each other, the JOY of challenge, the JOY of growth.”

— Mitsugi Saotome

“Sometimes your JOY is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your JOY.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh

“This is the true JOY in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”

— George Bernard Shaw

“During periods of relaxation after concentrated intellectual activity, the intuitive mind seems to take over and can produce the sudden clarifying insights which give so much JOY and delight.”

— Fritjof Capra

“JOY is a net of love by which you can catch souls. A JOYful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.”

— Mother Teresa

“I asked God for all things, that I might enJOY life. God gave life, that I might enJOY all things.”

— Unknown Author

“It is a higher joy to teach than to be taught. It is good to get justice, but better to do it; fun to have things but more to make them. The happy man is he who lives the life of love, not for the honors it may bring, but for the life itself.”

— R.J. Baughan

          A little boy and girl were singing their favorite carol in church the Sunday before Christmas. The boy concluded “Silent Night” with the words, “Sleep in heavenly beans.”

          “No,” his sister corrected, “not beans, Peas.”

(submitted by Rev. Jan Ewers)


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