December 22: Joy
"Joy is an act of resistance" is the name of a poem penned by award-winning poet Toi Dericotte, and I think it's a fitting quote for this season, and for this year.
Joy and resistance have gone together for a long time, and Dericotte is not the only writer to touch on the link between the two. "Resistance is the secret of joy," wrote Alice Walker.
This advent calendar isn't supposed to be a primer on politics or social movements, but if you are interested just google "joy resistance" for many examples of how joy is used to resist oppression and hatred.
I do not want to oversimplify resistance, or to romanticize it. But it is to remind ourselves that in the face of darkness and fear, we have two options: crumble under it or respond with joy.
Bringing joy into our lives and into the lives of others is the way that we can take action every single day.
"Joy" is a much used word this season, perhaps overused. It's on plenty of Christmas cards, and in songs. But instead of just saying it, let us act on it.
Let us bring joy into our own lives and those around us. Let us celebrate and be thankful for what we have, and consider what we might be able to give to others.
Let us be joyful.
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