Contemplating Joy

I should awaken each day and fully breathe in the joy of being alive. Certainly there is suffering, my own suffering, suffering among those I love and all living things. But there is also great joy and beauty. The green grass, silent flowers, singing birds and laughing children. Goodness is what I should look for each day and happiness is the state I should seek. Look for goodness, that is where happiness lies. 

Death will come. It is inevitable in all living things - to live is also to die. I imagine death can be joyful as well especially at the end of a life well lived. More often death brings an end to suffering. I know not what, if anything, lies beyond death. I will find out in time but for now just breathe in the joy of being alive.

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