Have you ever sat down somewhere and contemplated the question, “Where do I find joy in my life and where do I find it most easily and often?
I don’t know how many people who might stop by here to read actually do such reflective thinking but I am of the opinion that doing this kind of inner reflection can be valuable in “Centering” one’s self when centering is needed.
Is there a difference between actual “Joy” and just being glad about something or pleased with something? Is “Joy” the more intense vocalization of “Happiness” — is it synonimical or antonymical to the word itself …. “Joy?”
Does a great meal in the company of friends, associates, acquaintances or loved ones cause “Joy” or does it just satiate the bio-yearnings of a physiology that cries for maintenance?
Does consensual sex with a willing partner ignite “Joy” or is such an experience just pleasurable to the autonomic nervous system and comforting in that it satisfies one of the strongest physical urges in the Human universe?
I wonder, sometimes, if we are not often guilty of expecting too much out of an experience that other people might consider to be “Joyous” or Joyful?” The question arises, “Does “Joy” rise to the tone, temperament and intensity of “Bliss” or are the two words too much alike in their meaning to make any difference in the application?
Are there degrees of joy? For example, would the “Joy” of entering into the gates of Heaven be different or more intense than, say, the joy in learning that the blocked bowel is not cancer after all?
Maybe the sense of “Joy” rests in the experiences, expectations, prejudices and biases of the person experiencing something they take great pleasure or satisfaction indulging themselves in. For example, would one person enjoy the slimy caress and perpetual smile of their pet snake as much or more than the person who holds their furry little kitten?
Would the “Joy” of being granted a divorce from an abusive marriage equal or exceed the joy expressed in the wedding when it first took place?
I have heard that some people can experience joy just from cuddling a stuffed animal.
Does anybody ever wonder about these things?
I believe that we can all find ways to invoke (create) joy in our lives or in the lives of others if we truly want to. The question is, “Do we really want to? Is there anything to be gained by bringing joy to other people rather than seeking joy for ourselves … unless, of course, we find joy in helping others … and if that is the case, it is a whole new ballgame altogether.