Some folks define joy as the feeling of accomplishing a goal or checking the last task off a list. For others, joy is a feeling that arises when they smell baked goods or buy something shiny. Perhaps for you, joy is the act of creating something wonderful and new.
For a long time, I defined joy as the refreshing feeling of freedom without any pressing responsibilities. If you’re well acquainted with life, then you’ve realized, as I have - Time away from responsibility is fleeting and short… Assuming we find it at all. And joy is always just over the horizon.
That’s the trouble with circumstantial joy… It requires precise, often unpredictable circumstances to occur.
Just as circumstances are hard to predict, the thoughts we experience when they occur can be hard to predict - Those thoughts create feelings and those feelings are hard to change.