On my hike yesterday I found a painted hidden rock near this beautiful waterfall. Someone had placed it there for someone else to discover, and I did yesterday. The word written on the front “Joy” could have not been more perfect as it was instant joy to find this never before seen waterfall and the rock. On the back there was a message to submit a picture with the rock and to re-hide it. What a simple thing to do and how much joy it brought me. I immediately thought of paying it forward, making and hiding a rock of my own. Who knows where it could end up and how neat would it be to track it’s journey.
For me it is often the little things that get the biggest giggles and end up in a special memory somehow. Big things can impress me alike but are not required to keep this simple soul happy and content. Hmmm, actually I think I like it that way. But it also makes me think of all the people I used to work with. Prestigious people that lived for status and possessions. People that became somebody else, losing themselves (or did they) only to impress someone else, fighting for acceptance. It was the same people I sometimes caught a different glimpse of when their efforts got too exhausting and wore them down. These very people may lived in material bliss and would never relate to someone like me who could get joy out of finding this rock. But these people also at times were very lonely and the upkeep of pretending and upholding one’s status was simply too much at times.
I wonder about the battles they fought within themselves. I can only imagine. Apparently until you decide to stop and be true to yourself, you must have seen some kind of value in continuing. It made me sad and perhaps Joy was never experienced at such a profound level, although it makes me feel as if I’m judging and never knew 100%. Maybe they were true to themselves and it is what they wanted, but those glimpses that told me that something was very wrong, told me otherwise.
The dictionary defines joy as a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Having Joy includes feeling good cheer and a vibrant happiness. Joy is a deep abiding and can be defined as the emotion evoked by well being, success, good fortune, or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.
In the conclusion it seems that joy means different things to all of us. And while I don’t relate to pure joy being based on only material bliss, I know for some it is and that’s ok as long as you don’t have to lose yourself in the process of impressing others. There, I would draw the line for myself.