Here's a question: Is fleeting joy really joy at all? My answer: it's complicated. But at the end of the day, I say yes.
My two questions go thusly: 1. What does joy feel like? 2. What does joy look like? That's it! Two simple questions with a plethora of answers. As I've been pondering the multitudes, I keep returning to five examples of realized joy...
I learned some truths that helped me cook up some joy with what I originally viewed as limited ingredients.
Danger comes from feeling like you SHOULD choose joy, but the conversation changes if you WANT to choose joy.
"Enjoy growing older. It is a privilege denied to many." A hard yet beautiful thought gem when seen in real life.
If I can't choose my feelings, what is it that I'm claiming to aspire for?
New stuff becomes old almost instantly. As it stacks up in storage as items you don't use, a strange reversal takes place. Instead of you owning your stuff, your stuff starts to own you.
It seems many of us agree that 2017 was a rough year for so many reasons. I can't tell you how many holiday cards and social media posts I saw repeating this sentiment loudly through December. But as I sat on my couch and scrolled through memories of the evening, text messages received and sentiments posted, I felt a sense of hope.
Define by your standards what is "enough" for you. Define what truly matters to you. Look at all the blessings you enjoy as your perfectly imperfect self. I can almost guarantee that you'll find your beautiful life to be pretty amazing right now. Today. No comparison required.
I have found that naming this anxious struggle of mine has allowed me to address it. I now recognize the true thief that anxiety can be.