Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Guest Post: Joy

I was reading through my list of favorite blogs when I happened apon this post by The Daily B. I enjoyed so much that I
I contacted the author and asked for her permission to share it on my blog. As you know, the title of my blog is "A Joyful Life" and I have been meaning to write about my reason for choosing that title. I love how this author defined joy in the following paragraphs......

"I've been thinking a lot about happiness, what it means, how each of us strives for it in different ways... how some avoid it because once we have it, we fear too much losing it. Happiness is too brittle for those who wait, wait, wait for the ax to fall.

But what about joy? Joy to me is something different. It's a happiness that doesn't pretend. It's the opposite side of the coin from pain; it's the gracious, authentic happiness you feel because you've also felt anguish. The happiness you savor all the more, the happiness that is sometimes tear-filled, that aches. You don't expect joy to evaporate.

The sweet to life's salty. That thing that pinches your throat when you watch your kids doing something new and amazing, like pedaling a bicycle or rescuing a ladybug from certain death on a sidewalk, or saying "I love you" to the brother who just stole your favorite crayon.

Joy is not ignoring the pain or whitewashing it. It's not a trite, glass-half-full sentiment. It's not sealing yourself in a bubble so that you never have to touch your mistakes or your losses or grief.

It's not perfection. Far from it. Joy is the freedom you feel to be imperfect. Life is a broken, messy thing and yet I'm going to feel joy in this moment, the sun shining on my skin, the sound of my daughter giggling, the whiff of downy hair when my son snuggles under my chin, the cup of tea shared with a dear old friend."

1 comment:

The Stiffs said...

How beautiful! I live too often haunted by my mistakes and my 'not-good-enoughs', but I'm reading 'One Thousand Gifts' (just started, really) but already the way she talks about joy is making me think...she talks a lot about gratitude. Have you read it?
Struggling with perfection is a tough one, sometimes I wonder if I will ever be able to rise above it and reach for joy.
Thanks for sharing!