She knocked on the huge palace door. The peephole cover slid open, revealing the grim face of the palace guard. "Who goes there?"
"I am Joy," she answered with a smile, "I'm here to visit the Queen."
The guard shut the peephole abruptly. A few minutes later, it slid open again and the guard said, "The Queen is upset because her children are misbehaving. You may not enter until conditions improve."
"But I bring good tidings, and if she would let me in the children would surely abandon their mischief."
"Sorry," the guard grumbled, "I must do Her Majesty's bidding." Then he locked the door and left.
But Joy did not leave . . . She just kept knocking.
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Today, if you feel upset for any reason, ask yourself this: "Am I using these conditions as an excuse to disallow my natural state of well-being?"
Decide that when JOY knocks on your door, you'll let it in... no matter what the conditions!
• See also: www.enjoyparenting.com/intro