The inconvenient truth about Joy
Joy is one of those qualities that permeates the soul.
It is a way of being that is inherent in each one of us.
However, most of us have become reliant on an external factor to invoke the feeling of joy. While that may seem completely normal it creates a hiccup in the system.
Why? Because we are reliant on something other than ourselves.
A raise. A new job. Praise. A house. Love from a partner. A new client. A vacation.
"That next thing will bring me joy." "When this circumstance changes, I can feel joy."
This dependence on external factors to be joyous is dangerous. It is in the dependence where we start to give our freedom away. Because dependence works two ways. If it's there, great, we feel joy. But if it's gone, bad, we feel no joy. It's just like being addicted to a drug. On it, we feel great. Not on it, we feel awful.
External based joy is no different.
I am not saying don't experience joy when something good happens. Rather, I bring this up so we can start mapping when we are waiting for an event to change our moods and our lives. Again, if that external factor can bring us up, it can certainly bring us down.
Better to find joy within. Regardless of the circumstances. Regardless of the criteria. Regardless of the outside. If we get to that, we are living on a whole different level. One that is empowered. One that is fearless. Why? Because we rely on nothing but our internal being. Our force.