The Pulsation of the Soul

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People are more themselves when joy is the fundamental thing in them,
and grief the superficial.
Melancholy should be an innocent interlude,
a tender and fugitive frame of mind;
praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul.
Pessimism is at best an emotional half-holiday;
joy is the uproarious labor by which all things live.

~G.K. Chesterton from Orthodoxy

 

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How can I convince myself
sadness dwells lightly like a murky mist
over the surface of my soul some days
but cannot penetrate deep within.
It hovers but does not saturate.
It distracts but does not define.
If I just wait long enough,
again the sun will rise uproarious and outrageous,
drying up my melancholy
and pulse within me unceasingly
with joy.

 

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2 thoughts on “The Pulsation of the Soul

  1. To think of joy within as a flowing artesian well, not able to be contained. Thank you for a beautiful thought with your photos and words. And the words of Chesterton. ..

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  2. Thank you, Emily, for helping to assuage and re-direct my sense of despair at what is happening in our nation and in the world. The Holy Spirit within assures us of God’s presence and his understanding and gift of hope.

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