FIND JOY

FIND JOY

Finding joy is like ana Easter egg hunt. 

  1. You know that it is out there.
  2. It’s hidden in plain sight.
  3. You have to have to claim it/grab it. 
  4. Once you find it, it brings more joy. 

I believe that joy is an absolute necessity in our lives. I want to take a quick moment to express what joy is to me.

Joy is infinite: it does not end or begin. We tap into joy.

Joy is a root: it is a source of strength. It brings things to life.

Joy is a “gut thing”: like love or trust, there is no tangible evidence, but we know it in our gut.

Joy is spiritual: it is within us, and without us, our Creator caused joy. 

THE HUNT FOR JOY

I want you to do something for me. Somewhere, where you frequent, put a stick not that says “FIND JOY.” You do not have to believe what I believe about joy; however, lets fancy for a moment that I am correct. What if the way I define joy is right. 

If joy is infinite. And I find joy. Then I have a tool. An endless joy means that no matter what is coming my way–I can always find joy somewhere. I am not sure about you, but that in and of itself makes me feel like balance is continually possible. Regardless of how I feel, I can choose joy next. It is in endless supply all around me. Here is the proof of joy’s infinity: my little boy, Adam, can be as mad as he wants to be at me, and yet within moments, a smile can begin to brew on his face. If you have kids, you can picture that point–that moment where he pushes past his feelings and smiles from ear to ear. That moment is joy. And it is within all of us–always. (I want to draw the antonym here, happiness is not joy. Happiness is a case by case basis. If Adam did not have the joy to tap into, I would have to create a moment of happiness for him to change his countenance.)

If joy is a root. And I find joy. Then I have a life source. This life source doesn’t just bring me life; it also brings other things to life. I want you to think about something that genuinely brings you joy, like a joy that you would do anything to protect having that in your life. I wonder how many of you just smiled. I wonder how many of you went into the movie theatre of your brain and got lost for just a moment. When a flower blooms, that is what joy is. You can feel joy well up inside of you and blossom. When we have joy, we also give joy. That’s a potent thought. I can choose joy for me, bring life into my bones, express joy to those around me, provide them with joy, and the cycle repeats. The way I know joy is a root and brings life is because I can feel joy radiate. It pulses within us. 

If joy is a gut thing. And I find joy. Then I am satisfied. Think about the moments in your life that you have trusted your gut. Think about the pure satisfaction at that moment, knowing you were right. Or the times where you say to yourself, “I should have trusted my gut.” Joy is a satisfaction. When I have joy billowing from my gut, I have satisfaction as a hedge of protection. To me, this is one of the key reasons I search for joy every day. Because once I have it, it’s hard to knock me down. Joy is satisfaction; it’s protection. 

If joy is spiritual. And I find joy. Then I have a connection to the divine. I will walk into this from a space of Christianity. I am a believer. I do think that God is the author of joy. And if joy is spiritual, then I have a lifeline to the Creator. Joy is a lifeline to the Creator. That is significant. Think about it in this way. I visit a museum to see a magnificent work of art. In that moment of observation–I am becoming one with the artist in a sense. I am looking at the work and observing it in the same way that he was during the creation. I am feeling something from the observation. I am in contact with the physical of the creation. If joy is spiritual and God is the author, then when I experience joy, I am experiencing his joy. (Just like the artist in the moment of his creation.)

Wouldn’t it be great to experience joy in the way that I have defined joy? 🙂

FIND JOY.

  1. You know that it is out there.
  2. It’s hidden in plain sight.
  3. You have to have to claim it/grab it. 
  4. Once you find it, it brings more joy. 

A simple way to find joy below.

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