What is Joy?
Joy ~”is a meeting place, of deep intentionality and of self forgetting, the bodily alchemy of what lies inside us in communion with formerly seemed outside, but is now neither, but become a living frontier, a voice speaking between us and the world: dance, laughter, affection, skin touching skin, singing in the car, music in the kitchen, the quiet irreplaceable and companionable presence of a daughter: the intoxicating beauty of the world inhabited as an edge between what we previously thought was us and what we thought was other than us.”
We are, it seems forever looking for Joy and yet it is right there in front of us, in all that we hold most dear to our hearts. Someone else may share their Joy and we will go looking for the Joy they have shared only to find it absent, missing, not where they said it would be. That is because Joy is a symbol of who we are individually and although we can share another’s Joy it will not be the same Joy that they are feeling.
Often we are left bereft of feeling Joy because we are forever searching for it in the wrong places. Today take a look around you, what in your life is bringing you Joy? Feel that Joy within you and allow it lift your burdens and carry your doubts, that it may bring you peace. Then take that peace you feel and send it out into the world that all may find their own sources of Joy.
“Why can’t you fly now, mother?”
“Because I am grown up, dearest. When people grow up they forget the way.”
“Why do they forget the way?”
“Because they are no longer gay and innocent and heartless. It is only the gay and innocent and heartless who can fly.”
― J.M. Barrie
Fill your every thought with Joy that you may find your happy thought that you to can fly and never grow old of heart. For Joy dwells within the heart of everyone, but as we grow older we forget where we left it. Let us always remember where we have left our Joy so that when we need it most we can find it and share it with all those around us who are mislaid their Joy, until they find it again.