We may not know joy if we haven’t experienced some pain. However, I don’t know anyone who hasn’t lived through some pain. It’s the joy that rejuvenates us. Joy allows us the knowledge that with God’s help nothing can happen to us that we can’t handle. After all, this too shall pass, the pain will subside and we always learn something valuable. I call them ‘enlightenments” and with them comes joy.
In this fast pace life that most of us live, we sometimes get so self- involved we forget to spread joy. It’s the simple things in life that brings us the most joy. My wish is to create ripples of joy in other peoples’ lives. Some things I’ve found that work are… a phone call just to let someone know that we’re thinking about them… simply listening to someone who needs to talk… an email to a friend you’ve been thinking about… a hug for someone who looks like they need one… sharing a prayer with someone or a smile that usually brings a smile back to you is one of my favorites. When we open our heart it leads to such a peaceful life. Our capacity for joy in our life is unlimited.
I was shopping one day and as I rounded an isle I came toward a little girl about 3 years old, sitting in a cart while her mom was shopping and she looked at me and said, “Are you an angel?” I smiled at her and said, “No, but one day I hope to be!” I have no idea what made her ask that, but it filled me with joy!
I believe our inner joy is of the spirit and is accessible to us at any time. And when we access it, the glory of God is revealed in our eyes!
Toni True-Wills, Ph.D.