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Geometry of Joy

Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.
– Leo Tolstoy

Slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

And Joy is Everywhere;
It is in the Earth’s green covering of grass;
In the blue serenity of the Sky;
In the reckless exuberance of Spring;
In the severe abstinence of gray Winter;
In the Living flesh that animates our bodily frame;
In the perfect poise of the Human figure, noble and upright;
In Living;
In the exercise of all our powers;
In the acquisition of Knowledge;
in fighting evils…
Joy is there Everywhere.
– Rabindranath Tagore, 1861-1941

Benaulim Waden Beach, Goa, India
Santiago, Cuba

A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning,
as if supported by the rays of the sun,
a bird settled on the fire escape,
joy in the task of coffee,
joy accompanied me as I walked.
– Anais Nin

India

There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life.
– Sr. Mary Rose McGeady

Morondava, Belo Sur Mer, Madagascar

Shared joy is a double joy
-Swedish Proverb

Fletchtingen, Germany

To get the full value of a joy you must have
somebody to divide it with.
– Mark Twain

Afghan Border, Afghanistan

Find ecstasy in life;
the mere sense of living is joy enough.
– Emily Dickinson

India
Fiji

Joy is not in things;
it is in us.
– Richard Wagner

Baobab Avenue, Morondava, Madagascar 
Nova Scotia, Canada

Joy is the serenity of heaven.
– John Donne

Burma

We cannot cure the world of sorrows,
but we can choose to live in joy.

– Joseph Campbell

Baluchistan

My mind to me a kingdom is,
such present joys therein I find,
That it excels all other bliss
– Sir Edward Dyer
1543 – 1607

Mongolia
New York, New York, USA

When you do things from your soul,
you feel a river moving in you, a joy.

– Rumi, 1207-1273

Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
Afghanistan
Cuba

 In time of care and sorrow, keep a
fountain of joy alive in you.
– Dietrich Bonhoffer

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By Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

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15 replies on “Geometry of Joy”

“We cannot cure the world of sorrows,
but we can choose to live in joy.
– Joseph Campbell”

Yes, often joy is a choice, not a natural feeling. Several years ago, I struggled through an ungrateful, miserable season, and what got me out of it? Thankfulness, gratitude – an intentional decision to find joy. You can read about it here: https://saralivingfree.com/2019/05/15/mid-month-moment-how-i-learned-to-thank-for-joy/

Thank you, Steve, for your beautiful pictures and inspirational quotes. 🙂

Like hidden fascinations of geometry these phenomenal compositions are true specimens and recognition of natural geometry around us but can’t be noticed without a pair of true artistic eyes to recognize those. Each work of this series are truly exhibiting geometry of joy. ❤🙏🏻

Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
I love this amazing photographer’s work … “Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.” Leo Tolstoy …

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