It was a lovely turn of phrase, and it resonated with me. That's what we are here on earth to do -- help each other be joyful. Promote happiness in the earth. We forget it, sometimes, and get caught up in running around being busy and making money and building a life. But ultimately that life is meant to be happy, and the best way to gain that happiness for ourselves is to lift and serve and care for others. A life turned inward can never attain the kind of joy that opening to others can bring.
As another scripture says, "Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy." If that is the goal we are aiming for, if that is what I want for my life, then each day's activity needs to reflect that and I need to watch for opportunities to do that. So I sit here (at 5 a.m.) reflecting on what I have planned for today, and I've decided that planting garlic does promote people's joy, so it's worth doing. I mean, really, what's more happiness-promoting than a plate of garlicky, pungent, aromatic carbonara thick with fresh parmesan? So yes, I can safely say today will take me down the path of happiness, and my family too.