Excerpt: From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life
Gail Manishor, Author

God created each of us out of a need and in great joy. If we were created in joy, shouldn’t we be joyful? It doesn’t work to say “If I only had such and such I’d be happy,” “If only I had the right man or woman I’d be happy,” or “If I just lost 20 pounds, I’d be happy.” Why wait? Be happy now. “That’s easy for you to say,” you may tell me. Well, I am telling you. You can be joyful if you want to be. President Abraham Lincoln once said “A man is as happy as he wants to be.”

Take joy where you find it. Joy can be in the many little things as well as the big things. God doesn’t think in terms of small or big.
Everything is important. Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Sometimes joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

What do you love to do? What’s fun for you? Is it writing, drawing, painting, reading, going to the beach, walking in the mountains, skiing or gardening? Be creative in your own way. Make time for th things you love. Live in joy, and joy will live in you.

Joy is a by-product of knowing that God is always with you. It doesn’t mean there will be no sadness in your life. Life is change and growth. There are changing relationships or loss. Life just keeps happening. But it does mean that you can live in serenity knowing this truth.

In This Thing Called You Ernest Holmes wrote “As you enter into life, feeling the Divine Presence in everything, more and more you will hear a Song of Joy singing at
the center of your being.”


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Melissa Spiegler
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 22:28:47

    I love the excerpt from your book Gail. After reading that, people feel a sence of freedom to become an expression of joy in realizing its presence in everything we do. It’s up to us to accept it and allow it to come in. Thanks for doing a beautiful job of bringing that to our attention.


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