We never would have guessed it, but Omid is a total gearhead. What a jaunt in a convertible dream car taught him about seeking out the luminous moments in the mundane — that while we can’t all speed around in expensive convertibles, we can find the joy of driving the family car with all the windows rolled down.
A powerful love is often quiet in its intensity. Alicia Partnoy reads her poem, a love note to love.
Collected counsel on forging meaning and joy from our suffering, and finding calm in times of tension.
Walk straight into your not-knowing. Exercise your heart. Live as variously as possible. In this season of graduations, Parker Palmer offers six suggestions for traversing the savage and beautiful terrain of life.
The beauty of spring is as much in its muddiness as in its blooms. An encouragement to revel in the dance of mess and lavishness in this most colorful season.
A song reinvents a classic children’s hymn, and invites reflection on the intertwined natures of joy and melancholy.
Born into a world of chaos and uncertainty, a millennial composer calls on his fellow generation to embrace the richness of this age and go berserk with gratitude.
That moment of homecoming has a depth of perspectives and meanings. Through the story of babysitting and a mother’s return, Omid Safi sees an opportunity for seeking, finding — and to “be blissful.”
In a culture of perfectionism, it’s rare to be told it’s okay to fall short. But what if, as a community, we were to embrace our imperfections? From the vulnerable vantage of a karaoke stage, one man celebrates the connective, communal laughter of missing the mark.
The act of extending a hand, of seeking, can sometimes leave you humbled by an amazing experience. Watch Abigail Washburn and her band The Village find unexpected rewards at a dinner party with local musicians in China.
A potpourri of thinking on joy, letting suffering speak, writing poetry, and the wisdom of children — as curated by Trent Gilliss.
Our executive editor’s weekly missive, including a smart testimony on the value of work, a Mary Oliver poem on suffering and joy, a call for headlines that reflect the fullness of the world, and a stunning body of paintings from Rabindranath Tagore.
How does one have a more supple heart that’s read to hold life’s suffering and joy? Finding a way in through a Mary Oliver poem and some guiding words.
What do nuns playing basketball in 1965 and a renowned Indian poet have in common? Joy!
A letter from beloved children’s author on living out your joy, in whatever form it takes.
Bedridden with an incurable illness, writer Paul Martin on navigating paths of pain and difficulty, and the depth and mystery of joy.
Fellow passenger deboarding the plane in Tel Aviv. (photo: Trent Gilliss) What you can’t see in the photo above is…