|Joy from thewheatfield|
I also didn't fully understand the concept of Joy until I fell in love with and married my husband and then had our son. For me, Joy is recognizing and experiencing happiness in spite of pain and difficult life situations; it is identifying the wonderful blessings in our lives and feeling an unexplainable elation because of them, even though at the same time we may have many doubts about the future. I know I am on the right track in my life when I feel Joy, and the wonderful thing about it is that everything doesn't have to be "perfect" in order for it to be present. Money, status and power don't matter; Joy isn't dependent upon those things. What matters is what is going on inside of us, how hard we're trying to maintain and cultivate the love and joy we already have, and how willing we are to go through the bad along with the good for those we love.
I think my favorite part of Georgia's article is when she stresses the importance of falling in love with someone who you're willing to face the everyday and not-so-spectacular with. Sometimes we all need reminded that it's not always going to be sunshine and daffodils :) It also reminded me of a wonderful snippet from the 1968 version of Yours, Mine and Ours in which Frank (Henry Fonda) talks with the eldest daughter about what true love really is. Watch it here.
I truly hope you'll check out Georgia's article; it's definitely worth reading and she has a fantastic blog. I also hope that whatever life situations you are in, love and joy are ever-present and lasting. Have a wonderful night ~ Mary