Do you have Joie de vivre – the Joy of Life?

Timothy’s Thought for Thursday

Sometimes we get so caught up in the pursuit of progress and the achievement of our goals that we forget to enjoy the moment. We lose ourselves and our playfulness, becoming too serious. When we are fully immersed in the moment and doing what we love, an inexplicable joy arises –Joie de vivre, the joy of life. Abraham Maslow described this as one of the by-products of a self-actualized person – a person achieving his/her potential. As Thich Nhat Hanh who is the most influential Zen Buddhist monk of our time so eloquently put…

There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way!

The ironic thing is that the potential of a person is not fulfilled through doing anything special or trying hard. It is natural, it is your authentic self and found right here, right now. Pele, the great Brazilian football player described the experience as ‘effortless play’. The joy of life is always here, not out there. The key is to immerse yourself in your passion and use your talents to contribute to others. Then you have found yourself and you are full-filled – filled full of the joy of living.


“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” – Rumi