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Monday Musings…

“Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.”
Wendell Berry

Most people seem to think joy is something that just happens and only when good things happen. Often they think that one is either a joyful person or not. I think these thoughts are a bit sad and I think they are confusing joy with happiness.

It is true, we are happy when good things happen and unhappy when bad things come our way. But joy does not come and go. It is not dependent on circumstances or events. Joy is not simply emotion like happiness. It is a seed planted within us, and when cultivated over time its roots draw on the well-spring of our heart and it grows. The health and strength of that well- spring requires our vigilant tending and care.

I am usually happy and in good spirits but not always and no one would call me a happy-go-lucky kind of person but there is joy within me. Joy, for me, is the foundation of my life. It wasn’t always so. There were many years when I didn’t know joy, it wasn’t a fact of my life. I denied its presence. I won’t go into how joy became a reality in my life, I will just say it had to do with getting to know and spending time with, you know Who.

Joy is given to each of us.
Being filled with joy is a choice.
That’s a fact!

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Tuesday, three faces of joy…

happy-catcontentSad_Kitty

 

These pictures have something in common besides being pictures of cats.

To me they express  three aspects of joy:  elation, contentment, and poignancy.

When things are going our way and everything is good in our world.
We are giddy with joy.
We smile and laugh and feel happy.

 There are times when troubles and difficulties are few and we feel good.
We rest in quiet joy.
Confident and relaxed.

Then there are times when sadness and sorrow come to us.
And still there is joy.
Deep within we know all is well.

Some people do not know joy.
My heart breaks for them.

Two Shoes Tuesday, prompts this week awaken or joy.