Joy IS the work

A message from Rajasvini Bhansali
Thousand Currents Executive Director since 2010


I was reading The Wisdom of No Escape last week by Pema Chödrön, a Buddhist nun and teacher, and I was reflecting on the idea that humans are not entitled to be happy at all times. Even if we tried, how could we be, given our global challenges?

Rather, I was reminded that our role as humans is to cultivate the conditions for joy. This means doing the work of grieving, working through differences, letting go of resentments, becoming more authentic, more interconnected, and more interdependent with each other.  

Every day at Thousand Currents, I see our partners, staff, board, Young Professionals Group, and our broader community working to do just that; they create the conditions that allow for greater hope, unity, resilience, and a lifetime of commitment in this work.

I also value when anger, fear, conflict, and disappointment arrive as well - these experiences are our teachers and an opportunity for us to grow as individuals and as a community.  

In fact, our partners teach us that joy is necessary to sustain our work. They show us where joy is in building movements, in struggle, in weaving community if we embrace each moment.

Joy is not an outcome, but is, in itself, a practice we can cultivate indeed.


Be brave. Be inspired. Be in global solidarity with Thousand Currents partners around the world.

Give with joy to Thousand Currents today!