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Joie de vivre. Sunday July 30, 2017

The picture of joy above did have his disappointments. He thought he was a lap-dog (probably weighed 35 kilos). He delighted in escaping to find the most luxurious bed in the house – and it took three strong men to drag him off. He could look pathetic if his bedtime choc-drop was late, and, of course, like all Labradors he was seriously undernourished.

So where do we find 'joyful moments'?

There are people like Hellen Keller, Anne Franck, people held hostage for years, concentration camp survivors, whose spirit shines like new stars in the sky. Few of us can aspire to such strength of spirit (although, you never know, luckily few of are asked for such courage – how would we act?)

I am lucky to have gardens – they keep me sane and rational. Those without gardens, and unable to have pets, miss sources of great comfort.

There used to be joy in church services – I remember having children at home and the midwives were Methodists – they looked forward to their church services 'to have a good sing'. It's cheap, gets you together with people – look at the extraordinary success of Gareth Malone and his 'Choir'. Go to a Gospel concert, and the faces are the human equivalent of the dog above.

Moodscopers with access to the sea have spoken of the joy of long walks, never mind the elements.

Music, obviously, figures largely judging by favourite, and comforting, songs mentioned recently.

Can you find real 'joie de vivre' moments in what is a grim scenario for many?

The Gardener.
A Moodscope member

P.S. there is a picture of the same dog even more joyful in deep snow.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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Molly Sun, Jul 30th 2017 @ 2:10am

I love the photo of your dog Gardener, with the beautiful garden in the background. I have always looked after other people's dogs and have become so attached to each of them over the years. Only one still alive now, he belongs to my neighbour but I love him like my own and he is just brilliant. He gives me great pleasure. M xx

Belinda Sun, Jul 30th 2017 @ 6:58am

Dear Gardener, how lovely to see a picture of your garden & dog.
Is this the first time a photo has been used in Moodscope? With the audio versions the bloggers are diversifying in creativity.
It is good you can find joy in your challenging situation. I have loved following your descriptions & now can imagine you in your garden.
Certainly if we can find joy in adversity it makes the challenging situations easier to bear.
Thank you for a lovely blog. Belinda x

Orangeblossom Sun, Jul 30th 2017 @ 7:03am

Hi The Gardener, thanks for the great start of the day and week. I enjoyed reading your blog.

Bearofliddlebrain Sun, Jul 30th 2017 @ 8:36am

Great pic TG.....what a fabulously happy dog...was this taken in the UK? It looks like an English garden!
You have cheered up the morning and as Orangeblossom says above, it's a great start to the day and week, thank you. Had two liddle kiddlies over to our house yesterday to see how our puppy is doing and they certainly found joie de vivre and gave me plenty. Their joy at running around with and without the puppy was a joy in itself!
Simple pleasures!
Bear hugs to all xxx

Jul Sun, Jul 30th 2017 @ 8:53am

Good morning Gardener. I too wondered like Bear if the garden was in the UK as it does look English but then I have planted roses in our French garden and I dare say to everyone, it looks more English than French. Your dog does look happy. I love singing and have recently taken it up. So I do have joie de vivre moments doing that. Also cycling across the fields at the back of our house here in England and along the nature reserve and seafront makes me content I would say but doesn't fill me with that joie de vivre feeling. That comes from the singing. I am interested in this now as when I think about it there are not many joie de vivre instances in my life. I may try to create them. I'd love a dog but we travel too much. Jul xx

Bearofliddlebrain Sun, Jul 30th 2017 @ 1:50pm

When you are in Blighty...come and borrow our dogs!! Or get one and get it immunised and a passport, Jul, then you can take them anywhere! Lovely that you've taken up singing...such a joyful thing to do and let's you express so many emotions...happy singing and Bear hugs x

Jul Mon, Jul 31st 2017 @ 7:50am

Thank you Bear. Hugs to you too Jul xx

The Gardener Sun, Jul 30th 2017 @ 10:31am

This is extraordinary - I am in the UK - for a grand-daughter's wedding in the same garden - currently occupied by eldest son and wife. As many of the family as possible came- often at great effort and cost, now trying to get home in the chaos of rail travel. Watching my happy family - looking lovely - rapturous greetings from old friends - because they did not expect me to be here - including a French girl i had 'rescued' from virtual slavery - even the midnight drunks who wanted to discuss Brexit did not dampen anything (it was damp anyway, the weather! The dog was a much loved character. Now we are breakfasting in the marquee, continuing to enjoy the fabulous flowers before next departures - California for one (comfortably in club class) sitting up in train for Aberdeen all night for another. Lovely to have the blog on such a morning - enjoy, wherever you are. xx

the room above the garage Sun, Jul 30th 2017 @ 10:40pm


hilary Sun, Jul 30th 2017 @ 10:33am

Dear Gardener, both your dog and garden look wonderful and must bring you so much joy!

Leah Sun, Jul 30th 2017 @ 12:23pm

TG what a lovely photo and blog. Sometimes the smallest or silliest thing can make one laugh and feel joy.
Thanks for reminding us,

Tutti Frutti Sun, Jul 30th 2017 @ 1:43pm

Thanks for an uplifting photo and blog Gardener. Glad you got over for the wedding. Lots of love TF x

The Gardener Sun, Jul 30th 2017 @ 7:24pm

Physical and mental well-being - the joy of grooming a beautiful horse - in same yard 70 years after grooming my first, back on the job!

Jane SG Sun, Jul 30th 2017 @ 7:37pm

What a lovely picture. So glad you got to the wedding and have had such a wonderful time TG xx

Lacey Sun, Jul 30th 2017 @ 8:48pm

Very aptly named blog as I'm reading it in sunny Lille!
My happiness comes from being with my Dachshund;she is holidaying in the New Forest while I spend time with my husband
Take care TG

the room above the garage Sun, Jul 30th 2017 @ 10:38pm

Hello TG, great photo, it captures precisely the feeling! Can't wait to see the snowy version in the winter :-) love ratg x,

Mary Wednesday Tue, Aug 1st 2017 @ 8:19am

Coming late to this. I read it on Sunday but had no time to reply. This blog is GLORIOUS! It really lifted my spirits and the photo is perfect. As too are your comments above. Please let me embrace you and kiss you on both cheeks; you are such a joy and a gift to us here!

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