Bring the joy and don’t forget a healthy dose of patience.
We have heard the words … “We never know what someone is going through” or “Everyone is fighting a battle we know nothing about…”
All of those statements are true but what are supposed to do with them? I mean… really, what are you supposed to do. Does this mean that you are going to allow the unacceptable into your life? What about healthy boundaries?
Of course you have to have boundaries. But boundaries do not preclude us from “bringing the joy” to those who are struggling.
You do this by being filled with joy yourself. How do you accomplish that in a tough situation? Joy can be an expression of many things both external and internal. It is important to begin with the internal- gratitude is key. But gratitude is more than saying, “I am for the following 5 things… 1….” Gratitude is flipping the script on the whole thing – life. Gratitude is saying, “I get to do this.” versus Ugh… do I have to do this … again?”
The next key to “bringing the joy” is found in discovering your “why”. A person with a powerful enough why, can withstand almost any circumstance. Pursue that “why” that brings you joy.
When you get to that point, you will find joy in your life. Then share it with everyone.
When you bring the joy to a situation, not everyone will receive it with joy. When you experience this, patience is necessary. If you demonstrate patience and continue to “bring the joy”, eventually they will either come around or they will run for the hills… either way – it is a win!
God bless you!