I have been in a cleaning, organizing, and purging mood. It all started when I watched a series of Netflix about cleaning and organizing your life. It is about a method called KonMari by Marie Kondo where she walks you through the steps to help you decide what you need to keep and then helps you learn how to make your space look nice and neat. One of the principles of her method is to look at an item and ask yourself, “does this give me joy?”I wondered why she would ask if the item gives you joy instead of asking, “does this item make you happy.” The reason is simple, happiness is an emotion that is fleeting, but joy is the what you feel down in your soul. Every purchase that I have ever made was made so in happiness. Buying cough drops, for example, made me happy that they would cure my cough. But, they do not make my soul joyful.
I think that this is kind of what they are talking about when you hear the phrase, “money can’t make you happy.” In reality, that phrase might not be entirely accurate since what you buy with money will make you happy. However, happiness can be fleeting; therefore you can be left feeling empty and dissatisfied. The thing isn’t that money can’t buy you happiness, it is that it can’t buy you joy.
The same applies when things might get tough. Tough times and situations can rob you of your happiness, but joy can remain. You can grieve but find joy at the same time. When my grandmother passed away a couple of years ago, I felt sad. I was mourning her, and my happiness left me. However, when I would think about staying at her house when I was young and her telling me bedtime stories, I felt joy. My happiness was still gone, but the joy of her memory and our time together made my soul joyful.
22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
Now might be your time of grief. Your happiness might be hard to find, and you might even feel like you will never be happy again. But, if you sit back and think about your situation, I bet you can still find joy. Never forget the joy that a person brought to you because you are mourning what has been taken. If you let that happen, then you have lost your happiness and your joy.
17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. 18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
I will now have a different perspective when I look upon any object or situation. I can ask myself, did this give me joy, and if the answer is yes, then I have been blessed.
Have A Blessed Day!