Joy is not a destination. It arises from the way we
travel through life–our choices, actions, and
attitudes. Joy is the perspective from which we choose
to view each moment.
This time of year, many are prone to “holiday blues”,
often the result of increased stresses and expecting
the present to mirror the past. It is said that “to get
more in the future, expect more, and you are likely to
get what you expect.”
However, if you only watch life by looking in your
“rear-view mirror”, then expect less, be grateful for
what you have learned, and you are likely to get more
than you expect. Perspective is the key. Joy is
Writer Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001) pointed out
that happiness may depend on one’s security, but “joy
can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of
despair.” She spoke of a deep authentic joy that does
not depend on situations and circumstances.
People take many different pathways when seeking joy
and fulfillment. At times, it might seem as though
other people are lost. Their paths differ from our own,
and we fear the differences between ourselves and
Love is a pathway which reunites people in authentic
joy; in that reunification, we recognize our oneness
with our Creator, and we become aware of the storehouse
of joy He placed within us–joy we can express each
day. Expression of joy is a pathway upon which joy will
also meet us abundantly.
I’d like to share with you a beautiful verse that I
keep in my journal. It was written by Mevlana Rumi
The garden of Love
is green without limit
and yields many fruits
other than sorrow and joy.
Love is beyond either condition:
without spring, without autumn,
it is always fresh.
May you experience the newness of today’s joy
abundantly, and share it with all those around you.
Wishing a joyful and prosperous week! 🙂