Joy and Thriving, a wonderful marriage. Joy is in a sense I guess a by product of happiness or a companion of happiness. Joy means you love life, love community etc…, there are things you have a deep love and affinity for, that are authentic to who you are. That joy allows you to dream, follow your dreams, pursue them in ways that are very healthy, absent of fear. Love doesn’t fear, even failure, it sees even that as an opportunity to learn, grow. Joy has a great ability to bring life and light to dark places, situations. If you ave this joy, then you have connection to the divine, frequency of positive thought, discipline and therefore, you have connection to frequency of positive actions, reactions. Notice how things are beautifully interconnected, they flow one into the other. The same goes with actions, they are cascades often times, a thought leading to another thought leading to action and reaction, leading to another action and reaction. Emotions are not in a vacuum, neither are thoughts or actions, that is the beauty of being human, of being made in the image of the creator. Yes we have fallen, and we do have the EGO, the dark side that can lead us to take erroneous actions, but if we can conquer that dark side, connect to the creator to that joy, all the positive aspects of emotions, we can have a society that is one more of light than dark. Due to free will, it does come down to us at the end of the day.
Shalom and Amen