I choose joy.
I may feel sadness, impatience, or even anger because of my life’s circumstances. But I recognize that these emotions are temporary, for my spirit will always naturally seek to express joy. True joy is not about outside circumstances. Rather, it is an inner awareness, developed through consciousness. Inner joy is about my connection with God, with the truth of my being, with nature, and with all life. Undeterred by the opinions of others or even by difficult circumstances, the peace I feel is the result of an inner decision to live my life in joy. Peace fills me, and a sense of purpose directs me. Because of my decision to choose joy in my life, I make a positive difference in the world.
Everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.—Isaiah 35:10