|What is Joyfulness?|
In this time of world-wide turmoil and unrest, natural disasters and economic upheaval, it is easy for us to fall into the pit of self-pity. Easy to fall into it, but for most, hard to climb out. This is where faith, inner strength and getting priorities in order become of utmost importance.
The recent horrible events caused by the number of tornados ripping across Alabama and other states have caused us all to reflect upon what is important in our lives. The victims of the tornados have lost their homes, their possessions, their jobs, and, in some cases, their loved ones or friends. Their grief and dismay is almost beyond comprehension. The toll has been mind-boggling. But in the midst of this terrible turmoil, has come joyfulness. Joyfulness means many things. It is a feeling, a sense of, or an expression of gladness and rejoicing. It is a way of expressing fullness of heart. It is a peace in the darkest of times.
Storm victims have learned that most possessions can be replaced. Real joy and comfort lies in the loving and happy memories of those who did not survive. Gladness and rejoicing comes when family and friends are safe and accounted for. Joyfulness comes in the form of volunteers and strangers who are ready and willing to help wherever they are needed. It comes from genuine care and concern for others, regardless of differences or their response.
Joyfulness comes to those affected by the storms who are not willing to fall into the self-pity pit, but who roll up their sleeves and begin to "dig out". Joyfulness comes to those who use their fame to raise funds to help those in need. Joy comes from the bonding of strangers as they cry together, hug and help each other through troubling times. Joy and gladness come from love and appreciation, and the knowledge that the situation, while almost unbearable now, will get better. These victims, although still in pain from their losses, have kept their faith and rely on inner strength and determination to accomplish even the smallest goals toward rebuilding their lives. They rejoice in this.
We all face unpleasant or sad situations or conditions at some point in our lives. Joyfulness sees both trials and triumphs as steps toward a larger end. When we experience joyfulness, we feel a deep desire to share this joy with others. With this foundation, with this sharing, and with our faith, it becomes easier to overcome life's obstacles.