Word of the day: Joy

Joy is not the same as happiness. 

Happiness is a response to the things that are happening to you or around you. Joy is what’s coming from inside you because of your attitude towards life. 

I’m generally a happy person, except when I’m serious (which is honestly quite often). But I’ve got my share of troubling situations. There’s a lot that I’m not happy about. But I’ve always got joy. 

I know the story’s not over after one chapter. I know things will work out in the end so if they haven’t worked out yet, it’s because it’s not yet the end. I know if there was sunshine all the time, we’d live in a desert and nothing grows in the desert. 

So do I want joy or happiness? Honestly, I want both.  I want good things to happen so I can be happy. But because I know not only good things will happen, I want joy so I can get to the next good thing still with a song in my heart.  

 Today, my word is JOY. 

I’m writing it on my to-do list, I’m doodling it in my notebook, I’m visiualizing a glittery printout of the word JOY on my bedroom wall so it’s always in my mind.

What’s your word today?

9 Comments Add yours

  1. My nan was called Joyce and the word Joy always reminds me of her, a great word of the day πŸ™‚

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks for sharing, Joy. It’s a great word but I imagine it’s an even better name. I bet you can’t help having joy if your name is Joy or Joyce.

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  2. rljaffe says:

    Amen! Big difference! Choosing to be joyful is a choice. We are so fixated on happiness when happiness comes from a temporary place. Joy and contentment can carry you through any situation in life. Awesome word choice, my friend.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thank you so much. I hope you’re having a joyous day 😊

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  3. Mia Sutton says:

    I love that distinction – joy vs. happiness. I never really thought of them as different before, but after reading your description, I totally get it. I’d like a little more of both in my life! πŸ™‚ Thanks for always sharing such insightful words.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks for reading, Mia. I hope you experience real joy this week.

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  4. Wow never even thought about the distinction! Thanks for that

    My daughter’s middle name is Joy -perfect reminder everyday to look inside πŸ˜‰

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Yes. Great name! I hope you have a great week ahead, Meeks.

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