Alone in the darkness of my bedroom, I flashed a big smile that lit up my heart. I switched on my bedside lamp, still smiling. I took a shower, still smiling. I took a cab to Wilson Airport, still smiling. I boarded a flight to Lamu Island, still smiling. I landed at Lamu Airport, still smiling. Then I saw it. The reason I was smiling. The Indian Ocean and the little Lamu Old town that had become my second home. My big smile was rooted in the act of going there, not just being there.
Joy stirs awake in becoming, not just in being. That’s why the wholehearted pursuit of your goal will unlock the joy that already lives within you.
Joy is not excitement. Joy wells from within you while excitement finds its oxygen from without you. Joy lives in your heart. Don’t search for it in the outside world.
No one can give you joy. They can only stir the joy that already resides in you. Joy is like an eagle that remains perched on a branch, until there is reason to soar. Give your joy reason to soar by investing your whole heart into your life.
Excitement thrills your mind. Joy nourishes your heart. Excitement draws life from the future while joy inhabits the now.
Joy springs up when you immerse your heart into something or someone. If joy doesn’t result from an endeavor, stop it. If joy doesn’t result from an encounter, turn around. If joy doesn’t ensue from a relationship, end it.
Joy thrives in the journey. It doesn’t lie stationery in destinations along the way.
Half-hearted living immobilizes the joy within you into a coma. You will only know the full extent of joy when you invest all your heart into the journey of your life.