When we live out our joy then we leave our joy lying around for others to find.
Life provides us with opportunities of making things that give us joy – thoughts, relationships, artefacts – that we can hide for others to find – because we don’t always have opportunity to give directly.
Maria Popova speaks of what I think of as conversations with purpose in this way: ‘the possibility of planting into another mind a seed sprouted in ours and watching it blossom into a breathtaking flower of mutual understanding’.*
Of course, there’s always risk involved. The beautiful thought – or relationship of artefact – can be misunderstood or not valued. Sometimes, though, in the relationship that forms between two or more people, a possibility can grow even more, and, because of this, it is worth it.
(*From Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: Telling is Listening.)