Joy and pain
Like sunshine and rain
Joy and pain
Like sunshine and rain ...
So don't look and try to judge me
Because you think that I'm another MC, well
I'm the new kind, I just moved around
But that don't mean I can't rip up the town ...
Not from the old school or from the new
Applaud the boom, do what you want to
Talk to me then try to put me down
We used to be cool now we don't hang around
I'm the headliner of this show
And you're just a kid and you need to grow, because
~ Base Rob ~ Joy And Pain ~
As the lyrics go, we get the obvious difference between joy and pain but what about the difference between joy and happiness? And are they not one in the same? Recently during a good read this came up for me and I wanted to explore it further ...
Joy and Happiness are both positive and desirable emotions. They provide feelings of satisfaction and come from certain reasons. But there is a difference ...
Let's start with JOY ....
The source of joy is something or someone that is greatly appreciated or valued. Joy comes from the inner-self of a person. The connection with the source of life within you. And it is not only about yourself, but also about the contentment of those people whom you value. Joy is caused by soul satisfying incidents. Joy is long lasting and warms your heart.
So what then is HAPPINESS? ...
Happiness is an emotion experienced when in a state of well-being and usually linked to a stimulus or event. Happiness is something outside of you and is gained by observing or doing. Happiness can be momentary or short lived. Happiness can be characterized as materialistic and rests more on worldly pleasures.
Simply put, joy is an extension to happiness ...
a continuous state of happiness and a positive emotion.
In my experience when I lose joy to fear, I settle for sporadic happy highs, which is additive. I would look to the future and put all my eggs in someone else's basket. I would be dependent on people or events to align with my expectations so that the end result would be my happiness. And it may have given me happiness but not true satisfaction ... the void was still present.
So I had to learn to teach myself to be joyful, truly joyful, because it had become a detriment to my health. I carried fear, anger and sadness with me most of the time, as it lasted longer than happiness. So shifting into joy and excitement was required to help me truly heal.
I realized that I have this choice and waiting for a circumstance to subside the lower energies was an illusion. Joy matters and allowing it in my life has become an essential spiritual aspect of my journey. Joy brings faith, grace, gratitude, love and hope, and I relay on it to bring deep satisfaction in my life when I need it most.
Life is meant to be en”joy”ed and not just endured so jump of for joy when you can because joy does not happen to us, we have to choose it and keep choosing it every day ...