Tag Archive: joy

“The beginning of man’s rebellion against God was, and is, the lack of a thankful heart.” (Francis Schaeffer)
Entitlement is the disease that robs a heart of joy, infests it with bitterness, and cripples your ability to engage with people meaningfully.



We clamboured into Jacqui’s car and filled it with singing and laughter and conversation about stalkerish obsessions. After missing the turn off to Dee Why, we executed a climactic u-turn and finally parked on the headland. The place where all the couples hook up.

Siobhan and I had been at uni from our admin law lecture at 8 and had only finished our last class at 6; we were ruined. Rephrase: she was tired, but fine. I was an unintelligible blithering mess. But we were glad to see one another. Ben, Tym, Jacqui and I catch up every couple of months, and Siobhan had joined us for the icecream bounty.

I don’t know why I’m writing this now because I feel like my brain is shutting down on me, but Jacqui was talking about what different people’s laughs look like – she has synesthesia, so she sees sounds in colour and shapes. Tym’s laugh was a series of cascading small black and white boxes, Ben’s was peachy… she avoided answering what mine looked like; she just laughed. Which is mildly disconcerting…

But so I’m thinking about sound and how it’s such a communal joy to be shared.

So, I thought I’d share this. Enjoy!