Yesterday, my wife took my son into Sopron where some organization or other had set up a temporary Ferris wheel in the middle of town's historic district.
My son had never been on a Ferris wheel before. Here was his reaction:
He who binds himself to a joy
Does the winged life destroy
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sunrise
We can only experience joy as something fleeting in our mortal lives. All attempts to hold on to it beyond its natural duration leads only to captivity. The trick is to enjoy the moment, share it, participate in it, and then help it on its way when it desires to move on. If we do this, we can experience the essence of eternity as the joy flies away.
The best experience of joy is when it inspires a perfect blend of love, faith, and freedom.
When that occurs, we are offered a glimpse into eternity. And for that we should be grateful.