Write something that someone told you about yourself that you never forgot.
It wasn’t a statement. It was two questions.
“What makes you happy?”
A lot of things make me happy, but I couldn’t think of a single one at the moment. I tried to explain that there are many things even though I couldn’t give an example. Apparently, my answer was not a good one.
“So you are not happy then?”
I got called away, and that conversation kept replaying in my mind like when you eat something and it leaves a bad after taste in your mouth.
In this case, it wasn’t an argument but you get the point. All my life, I have been the hamster on the left. My mind would wipe itself clean, and I would be left with no answer, no comeback, and no argument. I would think of the best stuff when I was in bed alone, frustrated with myself because I had not thought of it before. Writing gives me the chance to think over what I want to say with no time limit to worry about. I admire people that are ready with their words because they live in the moment.
Going back to the happiness debate, I finally have an answer for that. Happiness can be the smile my husband gives me after a long day of work. Happiness can be my constant shadow that follows me everywhere in the house, wagging her tail and rolling over for a belly rub. Happiness can be hearing a song that you haven’t heard in a long time. Happiness can be finding that you have more boxes of Kleenex in the closet when you thought you had run out of them. Happiness can be a cool breeze on a warm day. Happiness can be the smell of freshly washed sheets when you go to sleep.
In my opinion, joy is a state of mind. Happiness is a collection of moments that we have when we feel good. Are we always happy? No. But we can choose to be joyful. It is a decision to remain positive as we look towards the future when going through bad experiences in life. It is knowing that God is in control, and that we can trust that everything has a purpose. Joy goes hand in hand with hope.
Do words come easily to you or do you need time to think about what you will say? Are there different definitions for happiness and joy? Let me know in a comment!