Joy is Possible Now

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Joy is possible now.
It is a choice you make.
Before you decide how things should be
Open your heart to how they are now.
Don’t confine yourself
in a glass ball
you’ve painted with your favorite illusions–
step out into the light of day
and see the colors of the world,
sniff the air,
feel the sun on your face.
A picture of an apple
Is not an apple.
Hold a real apple in your hands,
appreciating its weight and shape and color.
Take a bite and taste the tart sweetness.
It doesn’t matter if there are a few brown spots–
they prove that the apple has lived a little.
Hold real life in your hands.
Appreciate its weight and shape and color.
Take a bite and taste it all–
the joy and sorrow the pleasure and pain
the loss and gain, the everything, always.
It doesn’t matter if there are a few
mishaps, a few misdeeds, a few failures.
They just prove you have lived a little.

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