Joy is everywhere present, even during the darkest moments in life. But happiness never forces its way into my heart. To experience its gifts, I have to be willing to choose joy and welcome it.
I consider how I might make room in my life for more gladness and aliveness. Perhaps it is time to finally release a certain resentment. I might be ready to gently transition out of a period of deep grief and loss. Maybe I have been berating myself or taking life too seriously.
Joy is my natural state. When I choose to make space for it, spontaneity and playfulness emerge. I set aside my to-do list and eagerly compose a gratitude list. As I open myself to joy, I am grateful for how it changes my outlook.
And your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.—John 16:22