too many people confuse the meanings of “happy” and “joyful”, i think. as someone who has lived with depression, i think it is easier for me to separate the two. i wish more people understood the differences, because i think it would bring our world a lot more, well …joy.
i used to tell my dad that if i had a husband who loved me, pen and paper, and a cardboard box to live in, i would be content. content, with joy in my heart. i wouldn’t need anything else. i would be happy if i had my wants, such as a warm apartment, food in my belly, but they aren’t necessary. they would make me happy, but without them i would already have joy.
joy is in you. it is a perspective, a mindset, an outlook, a way of looking at things. it is a choice, a decision. it is everything stripped away. it is the key to being content, to being fulfilled. happiness is temporary; joy is forever.
and on the subject of needs and wants, i have an excellent quote from the renowned philosopher, jagger;
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