What Is Joy?

A life with no Joy is not a life. Joy makes life worthwhile. Joy is a measure of how well you are living. If you are “doing it right,” you experience feelings of Joy, not frustration. Frustration is the opposite of Joy.

Joy comes with realizations, with insights, with revelations of who you are and what you should be doing.

Joy lights your path so that you know your steps are sure. Joy lights your face so that others wonder what you know—and what they don’t! Joy is a beacon to others.

Joy comes and goes. Joy comes in moments of clearer perception and goes when you return your focus to routine. Joy comes more as you grow.

Joy isn’t what cheerleaders have at a touchdown, or what gamblers feel when they win a bet. Joy brings you up, but doesn’t let you down.

Joy is the great green light, the GO signal that tells you you’re on the right path.

Joy is Love’s companion. Love eradicates negativity,  and Joy tells you that it’s gone. Joy is both a messenger and the message.

Joy comes when you open your eyes.

When you feel Joy, you shout, “Hallelujah!” whether you believe in God or not. Rejoicing is a sign of a true spiritual person. Joy indicates spiritual growth.

Shout with Joy, laugh with Joy, bounce and skip with Joy! Joy makes you truly alive…or, rather, when you learn to truly live, Joy will show herself in you.

Joy can be faked, but the Joyful see through the fakery. False Joy is a very sad sight. It’s also a sign of someone who doesn’t get it.

Open your eyes and you will know Joy. You will rejoice!

(Written in 2004 and freshly edited on December 19, 2016.)

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