Joy is overblown, a little voice whispers in the back of our heads. Who needs joy? Can’t you just be happy? Or content? And besides, terrible things are happening in the world! How can we feel joy in the face of all that?
I can’t remember where, but I once read the rather comedic comment that a world leader who has just had an orgasm is a world leader unlikely to press the big red button that brings nuclear war. In other words, it is precisely because terrible things are happening that we must seek out and propagate joy.
Make a big, compassionate space in your heart for all the terrible things. Yes, do that, hold them tenderly. Go out and act to change the world.
But remember that joy is the seeds of the world we desire. A world of freedom, peace, justice, respect, and celebration is born in visions of joy. When we laugh loudly, when we spend time getting to know people and what makes them happy, when we dance in our houses and in the streets, joy overwrites the messages of fear we are fed. When we live from a place of joy, the world reverberates with it.
What world do you want to live in?
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