Something I was actually surprised about once I overcame my battle with depression was the feeling of joy. It wasn’t something I was familiar with or new how to identify. It made me feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. I didn’t know how to interpret it and thought it was surely the calm before the storm. Surely something awful was about to happen and I was too distracted to see it coming.
After years of isolation, loneliness, and numbness, feeling joy had to be incredible right? Yet it took a lot of work on my behalf to embrace joy. You’d think it would be something I welcomed and was thankful for. Over time I had to learn to do so, to be grateful for it. To be thankful for this strange feeling called peace of mind. To be grateful for the steps I was taking to bring my life together. To embrace that the live I was living was cultivating joy.
So many times I think we chase after happiness, but it can be this fleeting moment that once attained slips through our fingers. I learned that deep-rooted joy wasn’t just a moment, a thing, a feeling, it was a state of being. It’s something that grew from the seeds I sowed with my actions, thoughts, and words. It’s something that blossomed in my life. Today I want to challenge you to think of the things that bring you great joy in your life and what you can do to cultivate deep-rooted joy. The kind of joy that doesn’t depend on the amount of money in your account, the kind of car you drive, or how many things you get done today. It’s the state of being you cultivate by being grateful for what is.
How do you cultivate joy in your life? Feel free to share in the comments!
This is my entry for the A-Z Challenge I’m participating in. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a challenge where blogger’s post their way through the alphabet a letter each day through the month of April. For more details, visit the A-Z Challenge website or their WordPress site.