Filling life with joy and meaning
“We are fundamentally good…. We are made for goodness. And when we get opportunities, we mostly respond with generosity.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
An extract from The Book of Joy, by His Holiness the Dalia Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
My holiday reading this December was a deliberate choice – The Book of Joy. It is a book of hope, and inspiration with a few very funny moments where you can literally hear The Arch cackling with love.
It appealed to my personality, a mix of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices combined with scientific facts and simple actions on how to create joy in your life. It was the impetus I needed to take up the opportunity Atmosphere gives its staff – 3 days of leave a year for community service.
Early in the new year I came across an organisation called Community Hours SA. It is an online portal for teens, schools, parents and active citizens that encourages volunteerism and engaging communities.
The tech aspect was appealing. Together with my children we searched the site for projects. We settled on each cooking a healthy meal and a cake for 10 children currently in care at Kids Haven, and buying, packing and delivering food parcels for the sick in Alexandra managed by the charity Ray of Hope.
We decided to make a day of it in the school holidays. We shopped, we baked, we cooked, we talked, we laughed, we visited the charities and delivered our goodies made with love.
It was just one day of giving and generosity but I was reminded that joy is not something to learn, it is something to live.