by Nate Truman
“The great teachings unanimously emphasize that all the peace, wisdom, and joy in the universe are already within us; we don’t have to gain, develop, or attain them. We’re like a child standing in a beautiful park with his eyes shut tight. We don’t need to imagine trees, flowers, deer, birds, and sky; we merely need to open our eyes and realize what is already here, who we really are — as soon as we quit pretending we’re small or unholy.”
Are you a “Joy Fountain?” You are capable of choosing to be joyful every moment. With each exchange with someone there is a choice. You are in control of your decisions, not others, not the world, not fate. If someone insults you, you can decide to return insult for insult, or you can decide to decline their “gift.” Then it will still belong to the person who wanted to “give” it to you.
Give only love, and don’t accept “gifts” of hate or guilt. Instead offer grace in exchange, they are wounded people dealing with their own struggles.
A fountain flows, leaps, and sparkles, no matter who is watching it.
The next time you see a fountain in a park or public place, go and sit for a few minutes, and watch people’s reactions.
There will probably be children who marvel at the shooting waters. They want to point it out to their mother or friends. The want to splash and swim in it. Their innate urge is to dive into the joy and beauty.
There will probably be the timid adults who sit on the edge and dip in a finger, after making sure no one is looking. Other’s may make a wish and toss in a coin.
The grumpy person will be frustrated that he has to walk around the fountain. He might stare at the ground to make sure he doesn’t slip and frowns at the kids that are “in the way.”
In your circle of influence you can spout love and joy all the time, regardless of how people respond to your positive fountain. Each time you consciously choose a loving positive response to another person, the change will be inside of you. You are a wondrous one of a kind creation. With each decision to honor the preciousness of others by choosing to see the good in them, or to offer kindness instead of selfishness, you improve your life. So decide to sparkle, dance, and splash joy today. Become a Joy Fountain!