I have a couple of guys I meet with on a regular basis. We've been checking in lately with each other with an emotion that we're feeling right then. The emotion choices are: Fear, Joy, Anger and Sadness. We have to pick one and explain why. We get right to the heart of the issues of our lives. Needless to say, I'm grateful for these guys and the conversations we have usually impact me for hours or days afterwards.
Today, I felt joy. When you say 'joy', usually not much more needs to be said after that. This time the guys asked me why I felt joy? I said I was joyful because I was happy with the decisions I had been making lately. I went on to describe that I felt joyful also because I was letting more things go and not putting too much pressure on myself. I have fewer goals and that's helped me.
As I thought about it later in the car on the way home, I began to ask myself. What is real joy? Is it the joy we feel about ourselves? Or is it the Joy of the Lord, as mentioned in the bible? What is true joy? I can't say that I've felt true joy very often. Rare. When I do, it's usually full of love, not a care in the world and an overall burdenless or light feeling. I can say what I'm feeling is on the path to true joy though. On the way to joy. I'd rather be on the way to joy than anger, sadness or fear.