May 2012 - Vol. 60

Spreading the Joy

A collaboration between writer Amin Kurani
and artist Jamie Treadwell

There is something inspiring about the way in which nature abandons herself to joy. In spring, delight spills from the tiniest leaf, rivers swell with song, and flowers burst on the bramble in piercing color. Things are more reserved in the city, but the telltale signs are there. The insects get chattier. The cherry trees release showers of floating blossoms on unsuspecting joggers. 

Itís hard to imagine that only a short while ago winter was here and the land was hushed. How muted the colors were! How dark and skeletal the trees looked back then. The more one considers it, the more miraculous seems the change. 

In the Middle East, it is traditional for women to let out a high-pitched trill, or ululation, on joyous occasions. Even when the celebration isnít about them, the women will sing as a way of expressing that your happiness is also mine. How much more powerful our own joy can be when, like nature in spring, it is shared with those around us. As someone once put it: ďEvery time I smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.Ē

*Colorado Triptych by Jamie Treadwell is available as a limited-edition print. Visit

Amin Kurani recently completed his Masters in English Literature from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He is a member of the People of God community in Beirut, Lebanon.
Jamie Treadwell is a life coach, and a noted artist who works in pastels, watercolors and acrylics. He is a member of The Servants of the Word, an ecumenical lay missionary brotherhood of men living single for the Lord, and mission leader in the Sword of the Spirit. He is currently based in London, UK. Visit his art website to see more of his work.].
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