The Divine Expression of Joy
You cannot be separated from Joy because Joy is an essential part of you.
I’ve always believed that one of the things that makes humans special is the collective love and care we show toward each other. Spontaneous acts of kindness for the simple pleasure of doing something that feels good are by are the most common expressions of joy we humans experience every day.
However, I also see another pattern among humans that doesn’t always serve us. Sometimes, we do things for other people with the hope—or even expectation—that we will receive some type of reward or recognition. It does not matter whether the hoped-for reward is eternal salvation or an acknowledgment of one’s act of giving. The fact that there is an expectation of a return is something the vast majority of us has experienced at one point or another.
These seemingly opposite motivations both serve a purpose. Doing something for someone for no other reason than because we want to do it serves the purpose of keeping us centered in a joyful space that only leads to more joy. The motivation to receive reward or recognition serves us because we may experience disappointment or anger if the expected reward does not come; and that creates enough emotional turmoil for us to clarify what we truly want for ourselves.
If we have the remotest desire to elicit a positive reaction from someone, we’re out of balance. We’re not centered in a place of joy. Any expectation that anything from outside of us will somehow contribute to feelings of happiness will not bring us the joy we seek. Let me be clear… joy comes from nowhere else except from within you.
Remember the Second Tenet of Joyous Living: Your human experience is your ultimate expression of personal joy. You cannot be separated from Joy because Joy is an essential part of you. Be yourself and live your life; and you will know Joy.
If you do anything, do it for no other reason than because you want to do it and you feel joyous doing it.
About the Author
Appio Hunter is an author, speaker, spiritual guide, and a guy dedicated to raising our collective EQ. He uses his seminars and workshops to facilitate conversations about authenticity, alignment, awareness, and the experience of community, connection, and joy. Appio is also a weekly columnist with The Good Men Project and co-host of the Real Men Feel Show along with his good friend Andy Grant.