Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Day 223, August 15

Lasting joy is not a matter of what's happening around you, but inside you.--Jim and Cathy Burns

For too much of my life, I have tied my happiness to what is going on around me.  If I've havd a good day, if all goes right in my universe, I am happy.   Reasonable, right?

The trouble is, if something goes wrong, I'm unhappy. And if something goes really wrong, I'm in despair.  I allowed the outside world to determine my joy quotient.    Real joy, the kind that can't be taken from me, needs to come from the inside.

My mind knows that.  My heart has a harder time with the concept.

This I know for sure:  true joy in not found in external circumstances.


  1. I know just what you mean. And all about how the outside world invades your inside, just like a raging Mongol horde, or as insidious as a snake.

  2. Wouldn't the world be a better place if we could all live by this precept?