My two questions go thusly: 1. What does joy feel like? 2. What does joy look like? That's it! Two simple questions with a plethora of answers. As I've been pondering the multitudes, I keep returning to five examples of realized joy...
I learned some truths that helped me cook up some joy with what I originally viewed as limited ingredients.
Danger comes from feeling like you SHOULD choose joy, but the conversation changes if you WANT to choose joy.
"Enjoy growing older. It is a privilege denied to many." A hard yet beautiful thought gem when seen in real life.
If I can't choose my feelings, what is it that I'm claiming to aspire for?
Define by your standards what is "enough" for you. Define what truly matters to you. Look at all the blessings you enjoy as your perfectly imperfect self. I can almost guarantee that you'll find your beautiful life to be pretty amazing right now. Today. No comparison required.
Sometimes simply realizing our blessings on paper can help us ink them more permanently in our minds. Especially during those tough times.