Years ago, I felt like all the walls of my life were caving in. My consulting business was feeling the after shock effects of September 11 and work was sparse.
My personal life wasn’t much better. I had just ended a relationship that was going nowhere.
I was no longer able to pay off my credit card every month and bills were piling up.
You could say I was in a “bad place.”
I told a friend over tea one day that I just wanted to be “happy” again.
He said a better goal would be to feel “joy” and then explained to me the difference.
Have you heard this? It really makes so much sense.
Happiness is a temporary feeling. Joy is a state of mind and is sustainable, regardless of what you’re going through.
I actually found a poem about Joy that is pretty awesome. This is one you will want to share.
Joy is what we are, not what we must get.
Joy is the realization that all we want or need in life has been etched into our souls.
Joy helps us see not what we are “going through,” but what we are “growing to”
– a greater sense of understanding, accomplishment, and enlightenment.
Joy reveals to us the calm at the end of the storm, the peace that surpasses the momentary happiness of pleasure.
If we keep our mind centered on joy,
Joy becomes a state of mind.
Thank you, Iyanla Vanzant, for these beautiful words.
I am thrilled to say that I have found Joy. What about you?
Please share your comments below. I’d love to hear from you.