Should joy replace sorrow?

Florida tropical landscape
Nature reminds us (if we live tuned-in) that life is fleeting.


Yesterday a friend lost his dad to cancer. The dad was in his 80’s and lived a good life.

Some sorrowful (even regretful) posts surfaced on Facebook. This led to hours of personal reflection on, “why is death earmarked for sadness, loss, and pain”?

i mean, why are those things common when the person is 70, 80, even 90+?

In all those decades, haven’t mountains of good memories accumulated?

i can’t help but wonder why we don’t embrace death as the beginning of something else, and, as the final scene in a wonderful movie.

Should Can joy replace sorrow?




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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    The thought that came to mind is Psalm 30:11, which says, “You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy.” Actually, the song based on this verse started playing in my head first…an old song from Steve Green back in the late 80s-early 90s.

    You are right – we should be embracing and celebrating the moment.


    1. Bob, death inspires me. i think about it everyday. Not in a morbid way, but in a way that reminds me what a gift every single day is.

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