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.
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?