Wednesday, September 8, 2010

September Word Celebration

Joy |joi|
Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness. 
The expression or manifestation of such feeling.
A source or an object of pleasure or satisfaction.

I have always felt there was a distinct difference between joy and happiness. 
Running after happiness seems to bring anything but.

Happiness is emotional. Fleeting. Temporal.

Joy is a foundation
Joy courses through your veins
Joy is a framework
Joy is eternal

It exists in the midst of suffering and trial

“Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy comes in the morning”

It is free
Found not in the “stuff” of life but rather in it’s moments. 

Often it is simple...
 A fresh breeze
A Baby's smile
A hug from the right person at the right time
The smell of Fall in the air
Coffee (or if you’re me and don’t like coffee, some other ridiculously overpriced beverage) with a trusted friend
Laughing at nothing at all
A steadfast love

Driving with the windows down and a content dog in the back seat 

Watching the movement of life with Classical music as the backdrop (I highly recommend this. I have found even the car wash is beautiful when the machinery appears to be moving with the music) 

The abiding love of God  

What brings you joy? 

1 comment:

Mommy Mac said...

Oh, I love this!

The moments saturated with joy really do seem to overwhelm you...almost take your breathe away.

I think I could live on a joy high if it was possible.

But, I know that wouldn't be best.

The downs, and flat roads in between those joyous mountains of emotion make it all the sweeter!

.mac :)