what i'm reading: the book of joy

"During the week their fingers were often wagging at each other teasingly, moments before their hands were clasped together affectionately.  During our first lunch, the Archbishop told the story of a talk they were giving together.  As they were getting ready to walk on stage, the Dalai Lama -- the world's icon of compassion and peace -- pretended to choke his spiritual older brother.  The Archbishop turned to the Dalai Lama and said, 'Hey, the cameras are on us, act like a holy man.'"

~  From The Book of Joy:  Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama

Yesterday, a commenter named Julia suggested I read this book, reminding me that I'd been intending to purchase it for a couple of months now.  I've just begun it, and already I'm hooked.  Witnessing the joy of these two men, despite having endured their own incredible hardships (Archbishop Tutu having grown up in apartheid South Africa; the Dalai Lama having been forced into exile) is just what my troubled soul needed.  And so, I share it with you, in case you need it, too.  (Thanks, Julia!)


Soundtrack:  The greatest, by Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar