The Joy of Life
Friday, May 07, 2021
Talk about a juxtaposition. Just as I was uploading this "joy of life" image, a news report came on about the terrible situation in Yemen. I immediately thought I need to shove that image out of my head and focus on joy cuz I wanted to write this blog. Joy! Not suffering! And then I thought of several dear friends who are going through hard times. Nonono! Joy! Not suffering! Ummmmmm................
Do we get to ignore the suffering of the world to also feel joy? Do we HAVE TO ignore suffering to experience joy? I don't think that's how this works.
I recently heard several people say they don't watch news anymore because it's too depressing. I understand it might feel better to not know about some bad stuff going on in the world. But isn't that also denial about the reality of life? That's my opinion. I want to know what's going on in the world. I don't want to marinate in the dark side 24/7, but I do think awareness is important.
Back to my main point of the day: JOY. Sheesh, I took a roundabout way getting here!
I breathe into the joy of life fully and completely!
There's no denying that struggles happen. Sometimes they're blips in an otherwise happy life. Sometimes the struggle is a constant way of life. Either way, there can be joy amidst the struggle if we are open to it, as the positive affirmation says.
I dunno.... as you can see the contrarian in me is struggling with this concept a bit because I know when a person is in the pit of despair, they are not feeling joy and reminding them to just open their heart to feel joy would be cruel.
Maybe the thing is: JOY is always present and STRUGGLE is always present. They can coexist. It's all about attitude.
What do you think? Am I overthinking this??