What is happiness?
Happiness is an emotional response to an outcome..
If I win I’ll be happy…
If I make more money I’ll be happy…
If I lose weight I’ll be happy…
If I find the right person I’ll be happy…. (oh, that’s a big one!)
But if you don’t, then you won’t be happy. It’s a if-then cause and effect that we cannot sustain because every time we obtain it, we raise the bar higher.
Happiness demands a certain outcome, it is result reliant.
If happiness is what your after, your going to be unhappy and let down much of the time.
You need someone to make you happy, you need something to bring you happiness.
But joy, joy is not a choice, it’s not a response to an result, it’s a constant.
Joy is what we are fashioned to do, no matter what the outcome.
Joy comes from within, joy doesn’t need anything to sustain it, it just is.
Joy is constant no matter if your alone, if you have no money, if the storms are coming at you, you still feel joy. That feeling doesn’t count on other things to keep it going or stop it.
You must learn to find joy in everything, all things, the little things. The sun, the birds, the breeze, a person’s smile, a quote, a meal, laughter, a hug. You must find the joy in all things, you must find joy at where you are, within yourself, with what you have, right now.
Look around at the world, some of the poorest people, people who have endured unimaginable things are some of the most joyous people.
They get it, they know the secret of life, it’s to find the best of the worst situation and then find joy.
Helen Keller, Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel and Nelson Mandela all found joy even though their situations seemed hopeless, even though they could have easily and rightfully hated, they chose to find the joy instead.
They chose to forgive, to let go, to move on, to find the joy in life.
If they can do that, if after all they ensured, all they saw, all the pain they went through, if they can find the joy then why can you?
It’s all a choice, like I say on every blog, a choice we chose to make or not make.
I chose to be in a state of joy, to live my life in a state of gratitude, to live in each moment, to be present. Even when the storms are coming at me, even when I am hurting, even when the tears are rolling down my face, I choose to look for the good, to be grateful that it isn’t another way, because it was and I know that. I chose to find joy even in my darkest days, God woke me up, I have a home, I had a meal today, I have friends and family I love….that is enough, that is so much more than so many people have, how can I not be grateful and full of joy.
So today my friends, remember if you don’t have joy, you will never achieve happiness, happiness will never last, happiness is a band aid, joy is your healer.
Learn to find the joy in yourself, in the moment, in the world around you, it is then that you will know the difference.
“Be the change you want to see”
“And just when the caterpillar thought his life over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”
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