Dear Joyful Girl,
Joy is good. Did you know there is a difference between happiness and joy? This anonymous quote describes it perfectly:
“Joy is untouched by circumstance.”
You see, happiness is sometimes fleeting. Joy is a state of mind — that no matter what happens, no matter how much we had planned on a different outcome, that we will always center our lives on what is RIGHT rather than what is WRONG. We will trust the moment and the unexpected gifts that every moment holds — even the scary, strange, and unexpectedly difficult moments. Especially those moments actually.
Even Oprah said it perfectly:
“What I know for sure is that you feel real JOY in direct proportion to how connect you are to living your truth” — Oprah Winfrey
Living your truth means listening very closely to the very quiet voice that is constantly trying to get your attention. Living your truth means being very very still and seeking truth and beauty and goodness and small miracles all the days of your life. Living your truth means being exactly who YOU are, in spite of who and what others around you are. Living your truth is a joyful path — a path that no circumstances can every rip you off of.
Joy can be felt anywhere, at any time, it any situation. This is the truth.
Go forward in JOY, brave girl!