The Joy Within Us

Posted: May 8, 2014 in World On The Edge

Joy_and_Sorrow_by_Susamie

The joy within us wants out. How do we give it breath?

Each of us have had our bad days, bad weeks, maybe even bad years, when we were sick, or broke, or hurt, or just plain miserable, over one thing or another. Maybe it’s happening to some of us now.

But believe it or not, we were not created to have misery, but to have joy.
There is a place within us that yearns for joy, a place where the possibility of joy actually lives, but sometimes, we’re too hard-headed to even try to get in touch with it. We’d rather complain, or gripe about our situation because we’re desperate to have another understand what we’re going through. We want pity, or we want to make another, maybe someone close to us, feel guilty.

The truth is though, only we, ourselves, can bear a personal burden. And when we obsess and complain over it, we’re actually hurting ourselves, as well as those around us.

How much more pleasant this world would be if we magnified our blessings the way we magnify our disappointments. —Unknown

For me, and maybe for you, it’s necessary to surrender our misery to God. It may be necessary, too, to go through the bad times–but with the attitude that the bad times will not last. Because they won’t. They never do.

I’m not saying, “Shut up, and suffer with a smile on your face–oh if only we could! But what we can do is put our minds on the joy that is surely within us, joy concerning the good things in our lives, joy that there are those who love us, and then we can turn to others and try to love and help them find joy, too.

“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?”—Kahlil Gibran

**The art above is by  Susamaie

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