I was recently in the check-out line at a small community market in Maine. Impulsively, I struck up a conversation with the woman standing next to me, expressing how much I enjoyed the special tea drink I was holding in my hand, but adding how I wasn’t sure why I loved it so much.
She responded simply:
“Does it bring you joy?”
I smiled and paused. Softly, I replied: “Yes, yes it does.”
Moments of contemplation don’t always take a lot of time, but they can be the sparks that ignite fires of transformation and growth.
The woman’s humble words were a gift to me. In a moment in life like any other, she spread the message of joy: seeking it, finding it, and embracing it.
The presence of joy is different for every individual. It varies with time, space, desire and experience. What brings your joy today may not bring you joy tomorrow, and what brings you joy tomorrow may be very different than what will brings you joy next year.
What’s important is to recognize what does bring you joy, and honor it for doing just that. Whatever, whoever or wherever it is that makes you feel happy and fulfilled, have pure gratitude for it.
Ask yourself, ask others: “Does it bring you joy?”
If so, be blessed.