Joy is not a constant. It comes to us in moments- often ordinary moments. Sometimes we miss out on the bursts of joy because we’re too busy chasing down extraordinary moments. Other times we’re so afraid of the dark that we don’t dare let ourselves enjoy the light.
The gifts of imperfection
This quote hit me so powerfully this morning as I was reading and filled me with immense gratitude. In the game/journey of personal growth and self discovery this has been a massive paradigm shift for me over the last few years. A shift from chasing happiness (stuff and circumstances) to experiencing joy (good mood of the soul). The ability to find joy inside of myself even when circumstances are not ideal has created to much peace and stillness for me daily, peace inside of cluttered moments.
The opposite of joy is not sadness, it is fear. And when, even in times where we may not be happy with how life is going, we can still live with an absence of fear. This ability experience joy anytime, anywhere is the greatest gift anyone can give themselves.
May you find pockets of joy in your day today. Savor them. Smile. Breathe.