Joy is a Choice – no easy one.(- But make the choice.)
Of course you want to be happy, but life is hard. Your job’s a pain, your family nags, and sometimes your body hurts, so how can a Joyful Life be a choice? It isn’t an easy choice, but Joy IS a choice that you can make.
Some choices are easy, because clearly defined alternatives are available. Choosing between vanilla and chocolate ice cream is such a choice. Other choices sometimes don’t even appear to be choices. If I live in Detroit, but I would prefer to live in Florida, I may not feel that I can choose to relocate. In reality, I always have a choice about where I live. I have my story about how my job, my house, my family, and my friends prevent me from moving, but it is truly only a story.
The greatest obstacle to a Joyful Life is your "story" about your life. Your story is filled with needs and obligations. You are sure that you "need" at least a certain income to live – and you likely feel that you "need" more money than you have. You "need" a "good" job. You "need" a big house. You feel obligated to do whatever your boss and your spouse ask of you. Perhaps you also feel obligated to serve your parents, children, friends, church, and more. STOP!
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart. – jlh
The secret to a joyful life is Simplicity – saying NO to the advertisements for the latest this and the most glamorous that – saying NO to chasing that next job promotion – saying NO to all the stressful demands upon your time and energy.
It’s YOUR time – it’s YOUR life – YOU get to choose how you use it. There is no way that your life is "supposed" to be. Your parents had their vision for your life. Your boss, your spouse, your church, your friends, and even the family next door have their ideas of how you should live your life. What about YOUR vision for your life? What do YOU want? YES, it matters what you want. YES you can have what you want.
CHOOSE the life you want, and CHOOSE to live Joyfully.