Surprised by Joy

Judgment can keep us from many moments of unexpected delight. If you go into every experience already knowing what you think, what you expect, what you want, it will be much harder to be surprised by joy. I recently went into a local fast food restaurant, about which I normally have a lot of judgments but, because it had been built in line with the local architecture, I was curious and was able to be delighted by the sight and sound of a player baby grand piano in the corner. Just the memory of it puts a smile on my face. —   C. S. Lewis, a rather proper don at Oxford who wrote the book entitled Surprised by Joy, was surprised by a brassy American woman named Joy whom he eventually married. How can you be “surprised by joy” today?


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