“Our world is not beyond hope”.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his long time friend, his holiness the Dalai Lama have come together to write The Book of Joy. While my copy is in the post, I have no doubt that this book could not have come at a better time.
Right now, the world faces a tremendous challenge, many are experiencing unprecedented levels of anger, divisiveness, pain, fear, suffering and isolation. The Dalai Lama and the Archbishop – two men who have endured true suffering – hope to show, in these dark times, that joy and compassion will always win and to show how we can discover joy in the face of adversity and suffering. A message we need so much at this time.
What is joy to you? It could be getting home to your family after a rough day at work. It could be that moment of solitude you get before the family gets home. The Arch and the Lams have urged the world to share their messages of joy. All you have to do is record a short video and finish the sentence: “For me joy is…”, then you nominate someone else to do the same. I’ve shared mine on Social Media & I think I’ll do a few more.
There are so, so, so many reasons for the feeling of hopelessness we might share at the moment. Our country and what’s happening to it. Our world and the wars we fight for seemingly pointless reasons. Our social media and the ugliness that spreads instead of compassion and happiness. We can’t control how someone else behaves, but we can control how we react. In an attempt to take back my own joy, I’m going to start reassessing where I find joy and if I have misplaced what I value as that which makes me happy.
So while we’re participating in #ShareTheJoy I’d also like to challenge you to do my Joy Challenge:
- Stuff we don’t need that we think will make us happy
- Approval we won’t get in a place that refuses to give it
- Value in things that we believe will make us more valuable
Think about these elements and how you approach things like Twitter, the friends you have and how they treat you, wearing brands, buying things you can’t afford. Ask yourself why, and maybe help yourself realise how to value joy in your life. In other words, though we all ‘know’ that happiness lies in the simple things, teach yourself to PLACE your joy there. Because happiness is truly in your very own hands.